THURS., Nov. 26/09

“AYLMER COUNCIL AWARDS TOWN HALL CONTRACT TO CAMBRIDGE FIRM!”

Aylmer – At a regular meeting Monday, Aylmer Council awarded the contract for the ‘Town Hall Basement Retrofit’ to RHC Building Design of Cambridge, despite an Aylmer contractor’s plan to utilize mostly local tradesmen at only a 10% higher cost .

Based on recommendations from  Architect Alan Avis and a Planning and Municipal Services Report, the RHC tender of $259,607, the lowest of six bidders, was accepted.  An Aylmer tender, from Keith Hunt Construction, came in as the third lowest bid at $288, 350 – and was the only company in Elgin to submit a quote.

The work is to begin this Monday and be completed by the end of March. The original estimate of $234,ooo is to be split among the three levels of government thanks to infrastructure grants,  but ‘additional costs’  will require Aylmer  to pay the extra monies,  approximately  $25,000.  The entire basement, except the existing electrical room, is being renovated to provide for new rooms such as a meeting room, file storage,  washrooms etc. to replace what was removed in 2008,  necessitated by the mould remediation project that took place in November and December of 2008 under an MOL order.

In an examination by ‘Aylmer News’  of the breakdown of costs by tenders, from data available on the Council Agenda website,  Keith Hunt Construction was the only one to plan extensive  use of local subcontractors.  Of the 17 jobs posted, Keith Hunt Construction planned on using  locals for 11 – none of the other tenders submitted any local suppliers . And  for the other 6 jobs required for the project, Hunt proposed using  WH Smith of London for Asbestos work,   County Heritage Doors of London for doors (which was submitted by most others) and Prouse Electric of Tillsonburg for the electrical work (again submitted by most).

Commented  Dan Dale, Director of Planning, Municipal Services for Aylmer: “The project was guided by Alan Avis Architect Inc. who utilized a pre-qualification process to initially screen competent contractors wit experience in projects such as this. As part of the process, references were required and were checked by the Architect, and in this instance, the successful contractor references scored very high. Other procedures were employed and in the end scores were awarded, based on a points system for each of the qualification categories. All of these steps in addition to the tendered price are what the final recommendation was based upon and was the basis for Council’s decision.”

WEDNESDAY SPITFIRES HOCKEY –   “AYLMER 6 GLANBROOK 5”

At Glanbrook(6-12-2) –      SOG = Aylmer by 46-42; Aylmer led 3-1 after P1 and 4-3 after P2;

Goals – Farquhar (Bean); Pfohl (Mullin); Mugford; Pfohl; Roloson (Bornais, Vandepoele) and Mullin.

Record: 6-9-2;             Next Game – Friday – at Norwich

AREA CHRISTMAS PARADES:

THIS SATURDAY – Aylmer, 2 pm

-Dec. 5 – Springfield, 1 pm

-Dec. 5 – Pt. Burwell, 6:30 pm

-Dec. 6 – Belmont,  6 pm

-Dec. 12 – Straffordville, 10:30 am

“THIS FRIDAY NIGHT IS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY IN AYLMER”

“Santa seems to be anxiously awaiting a good turnout for the Friday Tree Lighting ceremony at Bandshell Park. Or is he just eagerly hoping for another Aylmer News Flyer?”

-At Monteith Bandshell Park, sponsored by Aylmer Community Foundation

-6-8 pm, free hot chocolate and wagon rides

-6:30 is Carol Singing, music provided by Aylmer Community Band; followed by Tree Lighting

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