SHANTEL LIPP, PRESIDENT, SHCA
from the City
It’s time the taxpayers in Regina learn the truth.
Our questions to the City of Regina with regards to how they conduct their
road repair and infrastructure have gone unanswered for years. That is going to
change this year. We will get answers. Our members and the taxpayers of Regina deserve
We are taking steps and crafting a strategy on how to best approach these outstanding
issues with the city.
Answers to questions like: Why would the city not look at the best value procurement
model and pre-qualify contractors to do their work, granting them assurances of cost,
experience and capacity?
Has the city done any cost benefit analysis/risk to the taxpayer before they moved
down this road?
Has the city, in their efforts to expand, conducted research on how the expansion will
impact their existing suppliers in the market? And, how is the city accounting for the
cost of their expansion of staff, equipment and material production?
Our industry manages its operations to capacity, but the city is suggesting that they
have room and have expanded their operations. So, what is the difference in the cost of
expansion between private contractors and city operations?
When the city supplies and works on its own projects, what assurance or protection
from added cost is there to the taxpayer if the city doesn’t meet their projected project
completion date? Or if there’s a need to go back and make repairs?
Our industry is experiencing a lull. Our members are struggling. Long-tenured, experienced
staff are being laid off. Meanwhile, the city is playing hide-and-seek with its
costs on road infrastructure. This needs to change.
Interesting to note, the City of Saskatoon tenders out 100 per cent of its new builds
while still doing some emergency and maintenance work.
The City of Regina’s insistence on self-performing is nothing more than a growing expense
item within their budget.
We understand frustrations from our members are growing. But rest assured, we
are making a serious push against how the city is going about its business. Eliminating
these issues will not be an overnight process; however, we’re hopeful that we can reach
an agreement that is beneficial to all parties involved, especially for our members and
The official magazine and voice
of the Saskatchewan Heavy
Vol. 9, No. 3
1939 Elphinstone St.
Regina, SK S4T 3N3
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chairman, Allan Barilla
Morsky Construction Ltd.
1st Vice Chairman, Kevin Arneson
2nd Vice Chairman, Trevor Nabe
AECON Transportation West Inc.
Past Chairman, Carmen Duncan
C. Duncan Construction Ltd.
President, Shantel Lipp
G.W. Construction Ltd.
ASL Paving Ltd.
Consolidated Construction Co.
Inland Aggregates, a Division of
LeHigh Hanson Materials Limited
BLS Asphalt Inc
Potzus Paving & Road
H.J.R. Asphalt Ltd.
Kelly Panteluk Construction Ltd.
Finance Officer, Ellie Weare
President, Jeff Lester
Publisher, Jill Harris
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