An important project for the City of Forestville, the repair of the wharf is gaining ground and will materialize as of the fall. The elected officials awarded the contract for the first phase to R&G St-Laurent of Baie-Comeau for the sum of $9,593,543, the lowest conforming bid.
A total of six proposals were received by the municipal organization after the publication of the call for tenders. The highest, from Hamel Construction, reached $12.7 million. The costs that had been initially set at $7 million are therefore up mainly due to the indexing of steel costs.
“It’s out of our control, but we’ve requested an additional $2.5 million from the government for shipping. We are still waiting for an answer, but the work will go ahead even if it turns out to be negative,” commented Mayor Micheline Anctil.
Within the framework of the same project, the municipal council granted a visual monitoring mandate for marine mammals to the Marine Mammal Observation Network (ROMM) at a cost of $29,680.
“We only needed visual surveillance since the work will be done from September to December. Otherwise, acoustic monitoring would also have been required,” explained Ms. Anctil.