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New fire truck tender over budget as lowest bid eliminated

Posted September 8, 2017

Adjala Tosorontio will draw $45,000 from its fire contingency reserve fund to cover the over budget purchase price of a new pumper truck after eliminating the lowest bid for not meeting the tender specifications.

The 2017 budget allocated $483,360 to replace Pump 11 in Station 1, Everett.

Four bids were received, the lowest of which was $477,763 (including tax) for a stock truck, whose only positive qualifiers- other than being under budget - was it could be delivered in time, and had the right engine (Cummins ISL 9 450 hp, minimum is 370).

The second lowest bid, including tax, is $542,968. It meets all the safety, performance and convenience specifications. Its Cummins engine is 370 hp.

"Due to a stronger U.S. dollar and general increases to apparatus pricing, staff was unable to secure a bid within the estimated budget," according to the report to council on Monday's agenda. "Staff did however apply for and secure a $25,000 grant from the Farm Credit Canada Corporation to partially offset the deficit..."

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by Tony Veltri