Council has greenlit a request from the city’s engineering department to sole source the purchase of water service connection fittings for the new hospital.
Moose Jaw Public Works Manager Duane Grado answers questions about safety precautions in the case of flooding this spring during a press conference Thursday morning. Times-Herald photo by Samuel Dobrin
“The actual infrastructure was looked at in the beginning of the year, but we didn’t have the design from the Five Hills Health Region, so we couldn’t determine all of the different fittings, where the valves were going to go and their locations,” said Duane Grado, the city’s public works manager, at council Tuesday.
“We weren’t sure what we were going to do when we found out in the late summer/early fall. We immediately started making contact with suppliers, but they said it would be anywhere from six to eight months.”
The city was hard pressed to find the fittings, which are essential for the hospital because they will allow the people working on the building to “continue using the water as their heat source rather than propane.”
Time was also of the essence, because the fittings have to be installed before the first full frost sets in, said Tyron Stokes, the city’s director of engineering.
Coun. Dawn Luhning — who admitted she wasn’t able to read the full report from engineering prior to the meeting because it was delivered late on the day of the council meeting — said she had concerns with sole sourcing the project.
“We do have a policy in place to tender,” she said. “I always have this concern to some degree (with sole sourcing) because we’re not following the rules.”
Coun. Brian Swanson voiced support for the request.
“This is one circumstance I can support. I think, to call it sole-sourcing, is a bit (misleading),” he said. “It doesn’t conform to tendering policy, but there has been efforts made to contact suppliers.”
A motion was put forward to grant engineering’s request and sole source the purchase of the fittings from Wolseley Waterworks Group at a cost of $20,780 plus taxes. Council passed it six to one, with only Coun. Luhning voting against.You can follow Justin Crann on Twitter or like him on Facebook.