City to openly tender snow removal work

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City officials say individual hauling companies will be able to bid on snow removal contracts after the municipality’s auditor general highlighted the costs of an existing sole-sourcing arrangement.

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The city has been negotiating prices for snow removal and other hauling services with the Greater Ottawa Truckers Association, a local industry umbrella group, since before amalgamation.

However auditor general Alain Lalonde found the city could do better. The city payed $87.90 for an hour of service while a similar municipality his office spoke to was paying $72.82.

“The true market rates have never been competitively established and the city is not benefiting from market forces,” said the report, tabled Thursday.

Allowing an open bidding process would save $680,000 in snow removal and other “hauling requirements,” the auditor general found. That’s a major part of its estimated $4 million budget.

City staff have agreed to implement the recommendation for the 2013/2014 winter season, it said in a news release issued following the auditor general’s report.

Geographic location: Ottawa

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  • WeShovelOttawa
    November 30, 2012 - 13:04

    It's a great ideas to allow companies to bid on contracts for the city. We'll definitely keep our eyes open to be able to take advantage of this opportunity :-)