Skyrocketing infrastructure costs are playing havoc with the Town budget.
Earlier this week, the Town’s general committee agreed to replace McVittie Island Dock at George Road at a cost of $194,109.
Coun. Don Smith had issues with the cost of the project.
The approved 2022 Municipal Budget and Business Plan allocated $80,000 for the replacement of the South Dock at George Road Landing. In 2022, $9,086.66 was spent on engineering and design of the new dock system. No bids were received during a call for tender in 2022 and the remainder of the Capital funds were carried to 2023.
Smith pointed out the final cost was much higher than the original estimates. He asked staff whether it would be worth holding off on the project and re-tendering at another time.
Scott Clayton, Manager of Operations, admitted that staff weren’t expecting such a significant price increase but said there was the need to make repairs to the dock immediately. He said only one bid had been received and he didn’t anticipate any significant uptick in interest if the project were re-tendered.
Geoff Carleton, the director of public works, agreed that work needs to be done immediately.
“It is in a state of failure,” he said.
Smith agreed that with those safety issues identified, the Town is compelled to take action.
George Road Landing is located at 1006 Sandbar Lane Private. The Landing includes access to the North Branch of the Muskoka River and Lake Muskoka. It includes a boat launch, docking and parking for users and some property owners on McVittie Island.
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