M.D. of Lesser Slave River council convened a special meeting last week for a single item of business – that being a decision the gravel-crushing contract for the year. It went to the low bidder, a company called Inspek Crushing.
Inspek’s bid of $705,600 was $162,000 below the next-lowest bid, and about half a million below the highest of the four bids.
If council had any hesitation about awarding a contract to a company they hadn’t heard of (they did), an endorsement from another municipality took care of it.
“Lac La Biche County was very pleased with the work they did for them,” CAO Allan Winarski said. “Gravel crushers’ are famous for cash-flow problems, but they sound good.”
“That’s good,” said reeve Murray Kerik. “I’d never heard of them.”
The reason for the special meeting was twofold: one thing is the desire to get going on the contract; the other is that council didn’t have another meeting scheduled until the end of the month (March 28).
“This way we can get this out the door,” said Winarski.
The crush will be from pits at Moose Portage, Chisholm and Mitsue pits.