Local construction company awarded tender for redesign

Raissa Tetanish
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Two local youth run through Victoria Square thanks to work being done on the sidewalk in front of the square. The Town of Amherst awarded a tender on Tuesday to Maritech Construction Inc. for the redesign of Victoria Square. The work will start almost immediately with an expected completion date of Nov. 1. Raissa Tetanish - Amherst Daily News

AMHERST - A local company will begin work almost immediately on the redesign of Victoria Square.

At a special meeting early Tuesday afternoon, Amherst town council approved a motion to award a tender to Maritech Construction Inc. for the project, which is part of the Centre First - Downtown Amherst Action Strategy.

Of the two bids received, Maritech was the lowest bid coming in at $1,050,000 plus HST, which was more than $500,000 less than that of Turf Masters Landscaping Inc.

Maritech's bid is $100,000 more than the town has budgeted for, however the chief administrative officer said funds are in the town's capital reserve if need be.

"We have a plan for financing the overage," said Greg Herrett. "Option A is to find savings in other capital projects that are going on in the downtown area. We are cautiously optimistic that that will manifest itself and we will find that."

He said the second option, which is also a worst-case scenario, is to use money from the reserve.

While Maritech is also busy working on the childcare centre at the Cumberland YMCA, Small questioned if the work would be done in the time the town is allowing.

Jason MacDonald, director of planning and development, said Maritech initialed a line signifying the work would be complete by the Nov. 1 deadline the town has in place.

The town also approved a motion awarding a tender to Crandall Engineering for the design and detailed construction drawings of the two gateway intersections into the downtown.

The tender is for the preliminary design to improve the intersections of Church and Albion streets, and LaPlanche and Lawrence streets.

Crandall Engineering's bid was for $35,950 plus HST and was well below the town's $50,000 budget.

Organizations: Maritech Construction, Amherst town council, Centre First Turf Masters Landscaping Crandall Engineering

Geographic location: AMHERST

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  • Jack On The Rocks
    July 13, 2011 - 08:19

    I think the project will be great...As for the local jobs....I would have to see that for myself.Maritech sub-contracts all work out of town.I would be very surprised to see locals on the project.....

  • Mandy
    July 13, 2011 - 06:17

    Let us be realistic. It is all fine and dandy for our downtown area to look pretty but without shops and businesses how do you plan to attrack tourists? There needs to be something more then just nice sidewalks and flower boxes. Sure people enjoy having something pretty to look at but you need something to get them there first and that needs to be businesses.

  • know it all
    July 12, 2011 - 21:36

    I must live in Richie Richs neigbourhood - 50,000 for a study - 1,000.000 for revamping a PARK? 100,000 over budget and they put a shovel in the ground - wth ? Who do we have running the town - millionaires or people who doesnt have a clue as to what they are doing - your guess is as good as mine - what a joke