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Rec Complex RFP moves ahead after 4-3 vote

by Adrienne Tait successful a contract will be formalized. Mayor Zahara said if no proposals are received
Golf Club members once again expressed council will determine at that time how best to
In a 4 to 3 vote, Town Council carried the concerns asking how they could be expected to proceed.
motion to continue with the Request for Proposal hire people, stock the kitchen, and be ready for Assistant CAO Brigitte Lemieux told council
process for the Recreation Complex. food service at the start of the season if the and attendees that the current food and beverage
Councillors Chouinard and Bevan along with proponent selection and notification does not provider is on a month to month lease, and has
Mayor Zahara spoke against moving towards the take place until March 7. They also inquired as been since December 31, but has informed town
RFP process preferring to further negotiations to what happens should no proposals be administration he is not interested in extending
with the Edson Golf Club. forthcoming. that lease.
Councillors Wilkinson, Currie, and Sorensen
all spoke in favour of the RFP process stating
that they have heard repeatedly from residents
that the sale of the Recreation Complex should
be a process that was open to any interested
Councillor Baier said she was in favour of the
RFP process and believes that, “The Edson Golf
Club is regarded highly in the process as far as
weighting goes.” Baier also said while
administration must give an unbiased
recommendation ultimately council will choose
the successful proponent. “I think the club has a
high opportunity to be selected and this process
does not lessen their bid,” said Baier.
“This has been a difficult issue. I have heard a
lot of complaints about the process,” said Mayor
Zahara, “The Golf Club has made some good
points. They were expecting an agreement.”
Mayor Zahara said he has “never felt
comfortable” since the December 5 meeting Jim Eglinski
when council changed directions and went with
the RFP process. He does, however, believe that
the RFP as presented by administration was MP Yellowhead
“very well done.”
Once the proposals are received, presentation
given to council, reviewed, and a
recommendation is made, council will decide on
which proposal is successful. At that time the
Town will enter into negotiations with the In a 4 to 3 vote, Town Council carried the motion to continue with the Request for Proposal
successful proponent regarding possession, price, process for the Recreation Complex at the January 16 meeting of Town Council. photo
and chattels etcetera. If the negotiations are Adrienne Tait

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