Read letter to South Queens Chamber from Major Clarke, regarding our letter expressing concerns over the lack of tendering for the renovation work on the old Town Hall.
November 5 2014
Robin Anthony President
South Queens Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 1378
Liverpool NS BOT 1K0
Thank you for your letter of October 31 2014 with regard to contracting out the work at the Town Hall.
The Region’s decision to carry out the work with its own employees should not in any way be interpreted as casting any kind of aspersion on our local contractors nor local tradespersons. We are well aware that we are fortunate to have some very competent contractors in our area and some very good skilled trades personnel.
The discussion concerning the Municipal gsovernment decision to maintain a Works Department and to do a significant amount of work with its own crews has been ongoing for years Time has shown that it is more effective and efficient to use our workforce.
In the case of the Town Hall the only practical way to have contracted out the work involved would have been on a cost plus basis With the many unknowns that inevitably arise in modifying a heritage building it would have been very difficult to budget the work on this basis.
c Region of Queens Municipality Council
Kathleen Rafuse CAO
Brad Rowter Director of Engineering Works
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