Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Marcan Construction given contract award for City's RCMP Jail cell renovations

The City's RCMP detachment will see renovation work on the jail cells
take place starting next month, with a timeline to completion of ten weeks

A late addition to the City Council Agenda for Monday night has provided for the cost and the timeline for a critical improvement for the RCMP detachment's jail cells, with the City's Financial Officer Corinne Bomben delivering her report for Council members at the Monday session.

The work which is required to bring the jail cell component of the detachment up to federal compliance was awarded to Marcan Construction which has received the go ahead for the job after providing the only bid on the contract.

The bid which was listed at 456,800 dollars was down somewhat from the original estimate from March of 480,000 dollars. 

Though as part of her presentation, Ms. Bomben did caution that while the project is within budget, should any change orders be required, an amendment to the City's Financial Plan may be required.

With the renovation project now moving ahead, the timeline will see work start in May with completion expected within ten weeks.

You can review her short overview of the contract award from the City's Video Archive below starting at the twenty seven minute mark.

Council last discussed the jail cell renovation issue in March, as part of their budget preparation, you can review some of that process that led to approval for renovations here.

The theme of the need for a new detachment, along with the now seemingly far off in the distance fire hall replacement, has been a long running issue for successive City Council's.

Each one more or less having kicked the can down the road, a kick that goes back to the days of the pulp mill closure and how the economic downturn that followed has overshadowed much of the city's discussions on the issue.

Those that are regular readers of the blog, have been following along with us over the last six years as we charted the path of that poor old can, you can review some of the background to the issue below...


June -- RCMP Cell block upgrade up for discussion at Council tonight
June -- Prince Rupert's COP COOP chickens come home to roost


October -- Road Closure application suggests decision on New Prince Rupert RCMP detachment may be near


March -- City looks to pick up RCMP detachment replacement issue where they left off in 2012
February -- RCMP deliver final letter related to new detachment requirements


March  -- City Council clicks its heels and hopes for the best
March -- Emergency Services Building Review set for Monday night


December -- City Council kicks the emergency services building debate down the road
March -- The residents are rumbling
March -- Discussion begins on emergency services replacement building

The topic of the jail cell renovations, along with the need for a new detachment and even a new facility for the Fire Department, could be something that those attending tonight's Town Hall with the Mayor may wish to inquire about.

Perhaps along with a few follow up questions as to why the current City Council has squandered much of their four year term when it comes to addressing the topic.

Having rarely discussed the issue in public session, Council is now seemingly set to leave the larger decision on the new detachment project to the next council to be elected in October.

In March the path ahead suggested that once a decision to move ahead on the replacement project is made, construction could start by 2020, with the completed detachment ready for service by 2023.

Much of the City's focus on the need for a new detachment of late has been directed towards the cost of a new facility (a debt requirement estimate last estimated at some 30 million dollars) and just how the project should be paid for and who should be contributing.

Considering that the City has previously stated that the District of Port Edward should be funding some of the bill for the Prince Rupert detachment through a diversion of the District's share of the Ridley Tax Sharing Agreement; the folks in Port Edward may want to send someone over to the Lester Centre tonight to take notes, just in case the topic comes up as part of the presentation.

For more items related to the work of Prince Rupert City Council see our Council Discussion page here.

We also keep an archive of the various Emergency Responders across the Northwest which you can review here.

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