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Clearford consortium preferred pick for Everett sewage plant project

Posted January 30, 2017

Adjala Tosorontio council is scheduled to meet tomorrow morning in special session with Jim Hartman and Josh Maitland of Greenland Consulting Engineers, for a final draft presentation of the Request for Proposal results related to the Everett sanitary servicing and wastewater treatment plant project.

Click to here to read the Greenland presentation

The report recommends Ottawa based Clearford Water Systems Inc be selected as preferred proponent to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain a new sewage treatment plant to service the approved new residential development in Everett.

Clearford's bid includes EllisDon Civil Ltd and Koester Canada Inc. under the name Everett Millennium Services Group. EllisDon will be the prime subcontractor on the project while Koester will manufacture and supply the wastewater treatment plant, and provide operations and maintenance services.

Greenland is recommending Clearford's proposal based on the evaluation point system which considered technical (60 point max) and financial components (40 point max). Edmonton based EPCOR scored 50 out of 60 on the technical proposal, while Clearford scored 48. But Clearford scored 40 on the financial grid for a total 88 points out of 100. EPCOR was in at 33.8, for a total score of 83.8.

As the preferred bidder, if council decides to proceed, the two sides would begin negotiating the terms of what would open a design/build agreement (design, construction and financing of the capital works for the project); and A maintenance agreement to operate and maintain the system, for a minimum 25 years, with renewal options.

Clearford proposes a small diameter sewer system which uses a digester tank to separate and digest solids before waste is carried into the collection system. It would provide services for 1,366 connections. How much each household would pay, still remains the unknown.

The Greenland reports concludes that future upgrades to the current New Horizon System will likely be required because it is "underperforming and sometimes is not in compliance with the
effluent discharge criteria, resulting in a potential threat to source water; Current user fees are not based on a full cost recovery model; and To include full cost recovery, annual user fees would need to be more than $2,600."

If contractor fails to meet effluent quality criteria, payment reductions of $4,000 per day. If over 90 days consecutive, deemed to be default of contract.

An agreement with Clearford could end up being the model for a similar servicing solution for new development planned in Colgan.

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by Tony Veltri
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