Belleville has gone against a staff recommendation in picking a contractor to provide electrical services to the city.
At Monday night’s city council meeting, councillors questioned why they should choose a contractor, Horwod Electrical Services, as recommended, when the price was $65 an hour compared to the next in line by Ron Finkle Electric at $30.
Property Manager Joel Carr-Braint explained there were 20 items considered in assessing the bids, not just the price.
CEO Rick Kester told council there could be legal issues involved since bidders were told “how” they would be evaluated and the evaluation pointed to Horwood.
After two different failed votes, council chose the second in line Ron Finkle Electric on a recorded vote of 7 to 1, with Councillor Mike Graham voting against.
New doctor coming
Belleville has a new doctor recruit as part of its family physician program.
Monday night, city council accepted Dr. Miriam Layefsky into its Family Physician Recruitment Program.
Dr. Layefsky, who is from Belleville, is beginning residency at Queen’s University and will begin practicing here in the summer of 2020.
Under the program, the city provides a $150,000 scholarship paid out over six years.
A total of 29 doctors, 26 of them family physicians, have been accepted into the program by the city.