In December, 2009, Cramahe Council accepted a bid of $85,745 from the only bidder, Greydanus Construction.
The company has since advised the township that it cannot build the building for the quoted price due to increased engineering and material prices. It now needs $18-21,000 more.
The new price was unacceptable to township council.
In his written report to council, Community Services Director, Dan O'Brien suggested that the prject be put out to re-tender. In his comments to council the Community Services Director expressed his concern that additional costs would raise the cost to over $100,000. If council were to consider this option, he felt that the other potential bidders should be contacted. He went on to suggest that it is in "our best interest to explore other options". It was clear that he and Public Works Director, Barry Thrasher have already had some discussions and can see other choices.
Mr. O'Brien wondered aloud about the possibility of adding on to the west end of the Keeler Centre, an idea that was later squashed by Councillor Ed Van Egmond who suggested the cost might be as much as $1/4 million. Other possibilities include building two smaller buildings on two sites to replace the 60 by 108 foot steel building that was going to be built beside the community centre.
After some discussion it was agreed that Mr. O’Brien and Mr. Thrasher will look at more options and consider pricing two buildings. They will report back to council in March.
The change will not affect budgetting as the money for the addition was to come from reserves. It could not be started now until April due to the weather.