Council’s audit committee has done a review, after a whistle-blower raised concerns about the qualifications of a contractor doing construction work in Queen Elizabeth Park. There were worries that the paving of a trail system was inadequate and would ultimately cost taxpayers more in the long run.
“The concern obviously is that we paid for something that is not good quality,” Mayor Don Iveson told reporters. However we’ve got pretty good assurance today that. that good quality thing is under warranty and it sounds like it’s going to get ripped out and replaced so ultimately there is a process in place for us to get what we paid for.”
The administration was on top of it said Adam Laughlin, the GM of the city’s infranstructure branch. “I’m confident that we would have caught this,” he told councillors. “We did catch this. It will be addressed prior to construction completion.”
There’s a three percent penalty for the delay. Part of the problem was, there were old foundations of old buildings in the ground that came as a surprise to the crews doing the work.
“Each one of these is an opportunity for us to learn,” Iveson said. “So I’m glad the city auditor looked into this and I think administration has taken responsibility for making some changes to their processes to catch this kind of thing, and it also gave us assurance that most of the issues that the whistle-blower brought forward were actually caught along the way or will get caught before the project is complete.”
To read the audit, and the administration’s response click here and go to items 6.3 and 6.4