City of Swift Current invests to address serviced land shortage

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Swift Current City Council is pushing ahead with servicing land in Valley Ridge phases two and phase three to address the fact the city is out of serviced lots.

At the March 31 City Council meeting, council approved nearly $5.8 million in contracts to have deep utilities installed and paving completed in the Valley Ridge Residential subdivision over the coming months.

Council approved a $4.5 million surfacing work contract with Mobile Paving to install sidewalks and pavement at Valley Ridge. After a weather shortened paving season last year, Mobile Paving will first complete remaining work from their 2013 contract before tackling the new work.

With Mobile Paving the only company bidding on Swift Current paving work in 2013, city officials obtained pricing to complete the Valley Ridge project. The contract is based on unit prices for work that is equivalent to their 2013 pricing.

Ed's Contracting and Consulting Ltd. from Raymore was awarded a $1.29 million contract to install the Valley Ridge Phase 3 deep utilities. They too were hampered by a shortened construction season last year but nearly completed deep utility installation at the Phase 2 subdivision last year. They will be completing the original project as soon as the area dries up in the spring, before moving into the newly contracted work.

Both contracts were awarded as a result of unique time constraints, and tendering was not possible if the city was to have new residential lots available this summer.

"If we had waited until we had everything in order, in order to put that out to a tender the way it's normally done, we wouldn't have been able to go to tender probably for another month or more. And then we would have had to wait after that. So we would have been well into summer before we would have been able to really start any work," Tim Marcus, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer/Chief Financial Officer, explained during Monday's meeting.

"Because of the fast track of this project, we're still completing the quantities. So in the deep utilities we were able to get the quantities completed, but just completed. So if we would have waited to have to go to a detailed tender process, we still would not be in a position to put that tender out. So we went with the unit prices to be applied against the tender quantities," commented Mitch Minken, General Manager, Infrastructure and Operations.

The City of Swift Current is also close to having a similar shortage of serviced heavy industrial lots in the Munro Industrial Park after an agreement was made on a near five acre parcel.

Ag Growth International (AGI), the parent company of Batco Manufacturing, was approved for a $50,000 lease on a 4.9 acre parcel located adjacent to their Munro Industrial Park operation. Within the next year AGI intends to complete the purchase of the property at a price of $100,000 per acre.

"Quite frankly they need the land. They're outgrowing their space already so it's critical for the future of their growing business," explained Marty Salberg, City of Swift Current Director of Business Development.

Batco recently acquired the REM Grain Vac product to add to their product line, and they are in need of additional property to store finished units and for a potential expansion.

Following this agreement, the Munro Industrial Park only has 11 developed acres remaining, with is the equivalent of four lots that can be subdivided.

Salberg noted plans are already under way to develop additional Industrial lots.

"We're currently moving forward with our concept plan for the southern quarter section south of Munro."

Admittedly, the growth pressures are a good problem to have.

"It's positive. We're selling property. We're seeing new development. So we're looking forward to getting the next phase of the Munro Industrial Park concept plan done."

Organizations: Swift Current City Council, Batco Manufacturing

Geographic location: Valley Ridge, Swift Current, Munro Industrial Park

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Recent comments

  • Craig
    April 04, 2014 - 17:09

    It will be a long and expensive two years to be sure.

  • fedup
    April 04, 2014 - 15:42

    what is going on at this city .... what were city beaurocrats doing all winter? nearly 6 million in "no bid" contracts represents the height of incompetance. obviously the patients are running the asylum. waiting 2 years to clean out this gang both at the political level followed by current city management, will take patience.