Low bid for RL demo recommended


Town council will vote Monday night to approve an agreement with JMX Contracting Inc. for the demolition of the Rainy Lake Hotel.
The Gormley, Ont. contractor had submitted a bid of $597,432.96 to take down the vacant building.
This amount includes a $100,000 contingency allowance, a $25,000 structural engineering allowance, a $30,000 contaminated soil allowance, a $30,000 remedial repairs to adjacent buildings allowance, and the town’s portion of HST.
The two other bidders included Rakowski Cartage & Wrecking of Winnipeg ($992,602.66) and George Armstrong Co. Ltd. of Fort Frances ($1,683,924.48).
The bid amounts reported in Wednesday’s Times—$663,423, $1,102,241.50, and $1,869,924, respectively—included the full HST (13 percent).
The adjusted numbers above reflect the fact the town only pays 1.76 percent HST.
Also at Monday’s meeting, council will vote to approve a recommendation to engage Pinchin Environmental to complete quality assurance and air quality monitoring during the demolition.
The cost is pegged at $5,135.