By Howaida Sorour-Roberts
Smiths Falls town staff are recommending that the town bypass the usual open calls for request for proposals (RFPs) in favour of inviting four known firms to participate in putting forward tenders for a study of the Lombard and Abbot Streets intersection.
“It’s been my experience that during the summer months when staff are on vacation and firms are running at full capacity, going to open calls can be negative,” said Troy Dunlop, Smiths Falls director of public works and utilities.
The work needs to be completed as soon as possible he explained because the town has received correspondence from the Ministry of Transportation, announcing the new intake for Connecting Links Funding. The deadline for applications is October 21 and Dunlop and his team are working on identifying projects that would be eligible for the 90 per cent funding the program offers.
“One of the things the ministry indicated is that any projects to be considered must line up with the our asset management plan,” said Dunlop.
At this time Smiths Falls council has yet to accept the asset management plan that was presented to them earlier this year. To address that deficit, CAO Malcolm Morris told council that the plan will be coming up for discussion at a Committee of the Whole in September, when the consultants will again be on hand to address council concerns.
Meanwhile the Committee of the Whole gave Dunlop the green light to prepare invitations for Lombard and Abbot Study RFPs.