Nipawin council wants more information on tree tender

NIPAWIN — Before approving a tree inventory tender, Nipawin council wants more details on why staff are not recommending a lower bidder.

Chelsea Corrigan, the parks and recreation director, brought a tree inventory tender to vote during the May 25 meeting, and recommended Rangeland Environmental to take an inventory of all trees within the town, identify them, map them, and report on their general health.

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The town budgeted $18,857 for the project, with Rangeland quoting $12,773 for the project. According to Corrigan, Rangeland was chosen because they have done a similar project in Airdrie, Alta.

Fourteen other bids were received by the town, including for KBM Resources Group, who quoted the town $8,103 to do the project. In her report to council, Corrigan noted that both companies met the criteria laid out by the town, however, KBM did not have the same experience with municipalities as Rangeland.

The motion to accept the bid from Rangeland was defeated but councillors requested more information about why Rangeland was recommended before making any decision to accept the rival bid from KBM.

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