Cornwall ON – Mark A. MacDonald’s taken the first shot in the fight for mayor of Cornwall Ontario today. He sent in this release which we’re sharing with you our viewers.
At a recent meeting of Council it was learned that City Administration is recommending a 5.6 million dollar contract be awarded to a Kingston firm even though a local firm met the qualifications and entered a lower bid of 4.8 million dollars.
“This is not the first time a local contractor has been treated in this manner”, stated MacDonald, “we recently went through a similar situation regarding the Glen-Stor-Dun Lodge”, he went on to state.
In a letter from the Thompson Rosemount Group, a GENIVAR Company that has been in Cornwall since 1956 and employs local people, they make clear their position stating that “our proposal offered some alternative strategies for reducing overall project cost and offered a lower fee”.
“It must be made very clear that Council makes the final decision not Administration and that by awarding this contract to an out of town firm, especially since we have a qualified local contractor with a bid that is $750,000.00 less expensive, is just not acceptable”, MacDonald stated.
“This is the single largest project ever to be undertaken by the City of Cornwall, overall being worth some 55 million dollars and we should do everything possible to help create jobs locally”, said MacDonald.
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