FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John council will award tenders Monday for window treatments and manufacture metal casework at the new RCMP detachment.

The end of the tendering process is rapidly approaching, with contracts secured for almost every aspect of construction.

According to a report from CFO David Joy, only Fraser Shading Systems Inc. submitted a bid for the window treatments contract. Fraser Shading Systems entered a bid of $90,385.49 plus GST, which is $15,467.51 lower than the budget allotment.

The company was recommended by Richelieu Building Specialties, to whom the City awarded four contracts in the past, says the report.

Unitech contacted three bidders for the manufactured metal casework contract, but only two submitted bids. The low bid was submitted by Selmar Labs for $154,485.00 plus GST.

Unitech says it has worked with Selmar Labs in the past on school laboratory projects. It says the company is professional and dependable.

So far, out of the $35.3 million in total contract values awarded, $22.9 million or 65 per cent have been awarded to Fort St. John contractors. Of the remaining $12.4 million awarded to external contractors, $10.3 million have been awarded to British Columbia companies.

Accounting for construction notices and revisions, the City says there is $2,671,368.44 in contingency funds, which is considered sufficient.

Council will either award the tenders at the Regular Meeting of Council on Monday, or it will receive the administration report for information only.