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Tender let for tree removal work to facilitate riverbank repair effort

by Patrick Raftis

MINTO - A contract for removal of some trees along the Maitland River shoreline in Harriston has been awarded to Schmidt Logging Inc.

The Monkton-based company’s bid of $23,850 was the lowest of three for the project, with the highest bid coming in at slightly over $50,000.

 In a report to council on March 5, roads and drainage manager Mike McIsaac explained the work is part of  riverbank rehabilitation and stabilization in response to a major flood in June of 2017.  

The work is being funded through the province’s Municipal Disaster Recovery Assistance  (MDRA) program.

Trees will be removed in an area of approximately 1.4 hectares, in the western portion of Harriston in order to allow shoreline access to stabilize the eroded area.

The work is to be completed by April and the contract includes an option to hold the submitted pricing to complete an additional 6.9 hectares to Wellington Road 87 by Dec. 31, 2021 as funds become available, the report notes.

McIsaac told council “a section of the riverbank itself along the Maitland was washed away during the flood.”

He explained the removal of trees in the William Street and Union Street area will allow access to the north shore of the river for the actual stabilization work.

Quotations for the stabilization work will come back to council at a later date, he noted.


March 13, 2019


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