Six bids for $1.3M South Glengarry public works garage

In this August 2018, file photo, the salt storage facility on Airport Road in South Glengarry. The municipality is reviewing five of six bids to build a new $1.3 million public works garage near this location. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

LANCASTER – South Glengarry has received six bids to build the municipality’s new $1.3 million public works garage on Airport Road.

Infrastructure General Manager Ewen MacDonald announced the tender results Thursday.

The lowest bid was from Grant Marion Construction of Cornwall with a bid of $1,179,000 while a bid from Rose Mechanical in Long Sault at $1,603,214 was the highest. The other bids were from two firms in Cornwall, one in Russell and one from Illinois (the Illinois bid was not compliant).

However, price is only one component as MacDonald said the bids will be reviewed and will go through a “matrix” scoring system. Price accounts for 50 of 100 points in the evaluation with other factors being building experience, ability to meet deadlines, references and completeness of the proposal making up the other 50 points.

A report on the successful contractor will be announced at the Feb. 16. council meeting.

All but one bid – the lowest one – is over the $1.32 million the township set aside in its budget. Council has been prepared for the entire project to run over budget.

The building, which is being built near the salt storage facility on Airport Road, is expected to be completed by October. It will replace the Williamstown public works garage which will be converted into a Williamstown fire hall.