MONTAGUE — Four tenders to build a proposed wellness centre here
are almost $2 million higher than anticipated costs and have
raised concerns about the next step of the project.
“Itâ€™s a bit disappointing,â€™â€™ said committee chairman Merrill
“Itâ€™s much higher than we expected and weâ€™ll have to figure out
ways to make cuts or consider other options.â€™â€™
Scott said tender bids, opened late Wednesday, all noted that
steel products and oil-based products were much higher.
Tenders included Fitzgerald and Snow at $7,010,850, APM MacLean
$6,791,707, Palmerleau Inc. at $7,087,358 and Southern Kings
Construction at $6,897,786.
“We would consider trimming some of the frills but weâ€™re talking
about a pretty basic centre with not many extras,â€™â€™ said Scott.
The wellness centre committee will meet with architects Coles
Associates next week to determine if there is some way to cut
expenses and continue the project. A community canvass is
currently underway to raise about $700,000 as a community share,
but that was based on a wellness centre project valued at just
over $5 million. The project is cost- shared by the three levels