Tender vote on hold

The decision to award a dog control tender contract in Armstrong has been put on a leash.

The decision to award a dog control tender contract in Armstrong has been put on a leash.

Council has tabled a motion to award the contract for two weeks pending more information on dog control in the city from staff.

Two bids were received by the Nov. 4 deadline, one from Commissionaires B.C. and one from Leanne Robertson.

The lowest bid came from Robertson which, according to a memo from city chief financial officer Terry Martens, represents a $5,800 increase in costs from 2011 to 2012.

The current contract for 2011 is $20,000.

However, Martens pointed out that Robertson’s bid is non-compliant with their request as several pieces of information, such as pound facility location, personnel and references, were not submitted. And, conditions stipulated by Robertson in her bid were unacceptable to the city.

The Commissionaires B.C. bid is fully compliant, but represents a $14,000 increase in costs from the city’s current contractor.

“I almost feel like we’re being held ransom on these bids,” said Coun. Paul Britton who, along with Coun. Ryan Nitchie called for more information on the city’s dog control costs.

“Is dog control an issue in Armstrong that’s worth $35,000? ”

Mayor Chris Pieper cautioned about tabling the decision.

“We have one person that tendered to us that did not meet the tender obligations for the contract, and we have one person that did,” said Pieper. “Tabling and prolonging this, I’m a little nervous about that.”

City administrator Patti Ferguson made it clear to council that between now and the next council meeting, Nov. 28, the contracts are not to be discussed with either party.