Killaloe – An eyesore in the village that was the subject of concern for both residents and council will be coming down early in the new year.

At the December 20 meeting of Killaloe, Hagarty and Richards (KHR) Township council, the contract for the demolition of the building at 156, 158, and 160 Queen Street, being the former East of Algonquin and Dan’s Diner buildings, was awarded to Schouten Environmnetal of Watford, Ontario.

The Schouten bid of $118,340 plus taxes was the lowest of six submissions to the Request For Proposals (RFPs) issued by the township. The other bidders included Valley Cottage Raising, Killaloe; Perfect Level Construction, North York; Demolition Plus, Cornwall; Zuracon Construction, Barry’s Bay, and I.Q. Environmental, Millgrove, with their RFPs ranging from a high of $256,410 to the second lowest bid at $126,000.

Township Asset Manager Dale Thompson presented the proposals to council, noting not only did Schouten come in with the lowest bid, but they also proved to be the highest ranking firm in a rating he conducted on all the submitting companies.

“I did a bit of a matrix on scoring them and Schouten, as the lowest (bidder), also came in with the best overall proposal price and timeline,” he remarked. “They are currently working in Petawawa at a job and they will basically move right from there to here.

“And they would be willing to start at beginning of the year, if we approve of that,” he added.

The rating system included 10 criteria ranging from the cost to demolition experience and included the timeline, having an approved waste disposal site, having current WSIB coverage, the understanding of the needs of the project, the layout of their proposal, providing a bid bond or certified cheque, meeting the RFP requirements, and the need for questions. The Schouten submission scored 48 out of a possible 50 points.   

Mr. Thompson said their proposal scored well, noting a couple of the other submissions did not include the required bond and another company did not have approved WSIB. In addition, Schouten uses an approved location for the disposal of the materials, noting they haul everything “quite a distance”.

“Schouten came in with $118,000, which is fairly impressive,” he stated. “They’re well experienced in demolition and they are actually the company that tore down Sherwood (the former Sherwood Public School) in Barry’s Bay.

“So, my recommendation is to go with them for the demolition,” he added.

He admitted he was pleasantly surprised the Schouten bid was that low.

Mayor Dave Mayville complimented him on the job he had done in preparing the report.

Council unanimously approved Mr. Thompson’s recommendations and a motion was passed to proceed with the project.