FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A purely price based process for awarding city construction contracts is now being questioned by those who believe it may be time for Fort St. John to follow other jurisdictions in the country, which have moved to a model that includes both price and other qualifications.The issue has surfaced again after city council received two Rotary Spray Park tenders more than $100,000 over the budgeted amount of $611,000.The two bids were about $65,000 apart, and council decided that was a significant enough amount, to authorize staff to enter into cost savings negotiations with only the lowest bidder, TGK Irrigation Ltd. of Burnaby, eliminating Fort St. John’s Kalmar Construction from the process. Council could have changed the scope of the project and sent it out for tender again, but instead decided to negotiate with only the low bidder to try and bring the project in under the budgeted amount.- Advertisement -Not only did that raise local hiring concerns at a time of high local area unemployment, but it also raised questions about the fairness of the process.Aaron Henry is Vice-President of Kalmar Construction….Councillor Byron Stewart also believes the project should have been re-issued for tender and he also intends to explore the possibility of moving forward with changes to the cities tendering process.Advertisement Below you can listen to the entire debate during the June 13, 2016 Council Meeting (video was not available from this meeting).Below is a copy of the report provided to Council from City Staff.
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Premier League returns on Saturday. Slightly mooted sentence I must admit but with the opening game of the weekend being Aston Villa v Chelsea I can hardly bill it as ‘exploding’ back into action.They three key matches are all being played at different times so it’s now a game of poker with the three remaining players Arsenal, Spurs and Leicester all still with chips in front of them. The Foxes have the advantage of being last to act safe in the knowledge of the fate of their two chasing rivals.Leicester are coping admirably with the pressure but I’m not sure there is that much pressure. To feel pressure, they need to be put under pressure and the story of the season so far has been Leicester quietly getting on with their business whilst those around them clatter the Chair, Becher’s Brook and Valentines (… and you can guess from these analogies what’s around the corner this time next week !).Of the three title contenders Spurs have by far the biggest assignment on paper this weekend and will be under the most pressure, particularly if Arsenal get all three points (as expected) against Watford at the Emirates in the earlier 3pm kick off.Spurs have a wretched recent record against Liverpool – their last five encounters have produced an incredible aggregate score of Liverpool 15 Spurs 2. Going further back The Reds have lost just one of their last 21 Premier League home matches against Spurs (W14, D6).On the plus side for Spurs backers is the fact that they are playing some of their best football in recent history. Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino said: “We need to give the credit to Leicester. They are top because they deserve to be. From the beginning of the season they were fantastic. We cannot take the credit from them. We are in a very good position but we cannot compare with another team. We need to fight. We have seven games and it’s important to fight until the end of the season with the possibility to achieve good things.”Liverpool will be boosted by the return of James Milner (suspension) and Alberto Moreno (hamstring) but will be without the services of Roberto Firmino (hamstring) and Christian Benteke (knee).Liverpool v Tottenham HotspurPremier League17:30 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Oct 2015 PREMIER Tottenham 0-0 LiverpoolFeb 2015 PREMIER Liverpool 3-2 TottenhamAug 2014 PREMIER Tottenham 0-3 LiverpoolMar 2014 PREMIER Liverpool 4-0 TottenhamDec 2013 PREMIER Tottenham 0-5 LiverpoolMar 2013 PREMIER Liverpool 3-2 TottenhamNov 2012 PREMIER Tottenham 2-1 LiverpoolFeb 2012 PREMIER Liverpool 0-0 TottenhamSep 2011 PREMIER Tottenham 4-0 LiverpoolMay 2011 PREMIER Liverpool 0-2 TottenhamThere are (usually) goals when these two meet – although it did finish 0-0 at White Hart Lane earlier in the season. Liverpool will relish the role of frustrating Spurs but I can see plenty of goals and will take a chance on over 3.5 match goals at around 12/5 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK OVER 3.5 GOALS for 12 points at 12/5 with Star SportsFriday: NO BETWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321