By Heather Black/New contributor
A misstep will result in a $15,000 bill to the district for sewer line repairs on Kappel Street.
At last week’s council meeting, Franklin Engineering was awarded the contract to address deficiencies in the Phase 2 section of sewer collection system that have resulted in pipe movement and upheaval causing the road surface to warp. These issues popped up after the installation in 2011. A staff memo notes it was due to “challenging soil conditions known to exist in the project area.”
When the question of seeking recourse from the original contractor came up, Coun. Jeff Mallmes said he looked into it and found the legal costs would likely outweigh what the district would see in return.
“The issue was that the District of Sicamous did not do their due diligence,” explained Mallmes. “When you do your inspections and you have a warranty thing, you have a timeline on the warranty – you should ensure that a month before the deadline… that we have some sort of an inspection done so that you have a leg to stand on.”
Franklin was selected to do the work with a bid of $14,765 plus GST. Lowest bid submitted was by Lawson Engineering at $14,020 while the highest was Onsite Engineering at $29,340. Operations manager Joe McCulloch explained that based on staff evaluation, Franklin scored the highest in their ranking system and is, therefore, the best bet for the job.