LETTER: Councillor stands by record on bridge

I stand by my record on this major capital project, the city’s most costly in its history.

Re: Councillor should look at his record on bridge (Letters, Feb. 4)

A letter writer suggests I should examine my record on the Johnson Street Bridge project, but provides no examples.

I stand by my record on this major capital project, the city’s most costly in its history.

In early 2012, shortly after being elected as a city councillor, I introduced a proposal with then-councillors Lisa Helps and Shellie Gudgeon to proceed with a more conventional procurement process, in order to simplify the design, contain costs and ensure future rail capability of the new bridge (a proposal that did not receive majority support).

A month later, I voted against increasing the project budget from $77 million to $93 milion.

When preliminary bids were received in mid-2012 — and two of the three responding firms expressed serious concerns over the feasibility of completing the project within the available budget — I suggested the city should consider alternatives, rather than proceed further with procurement.

When a final contract was submitted for city council’s approval at the end of 2013, valued at $63 million, I voted against, because I believed the project contingency was too small and because I believed the contract exposed the city to too much financial risk.

My focus now is on applying as much fiscal discipline to the project as possible, to ensure the city retains the financial capacity to pursue other important social and environmental priorities.

Ben Isitt, Victoria city councillor

 

 

Just Posted

Garagellenium XX starts with pancake breakfast

Annual Oak Bay Garage Sale coming Saturday, June 8

Comic Con swings into town, June 9

Variety of cosplay prizes to be won from $100 – $450

Mayfair visitors can check out “Heartmelt Motel”

Cross-country pop-up exhibit stops in Victoria from May 29 to June 9

VIDEO: Canadian breaks women’s world record for longest plank

Dana Glowacka, of Montreal, held a plank for four hours and 20 minutes

Kamloops girl, 9, recovering from carbon monoxide poisoning now out of ICU

Her mother who was sleeping in the same tent with her did not survive

‘I think he’s still alive’: B.C. mom pleads for help finding son last seen a month ago

Family offering $5,000 reward for information leading to the safe return of Tim Delahaye

New poll suggests one-third don’t want politicians to wear religious symbols

Local politicians shouldn’t be allowed to wear hijabs, crucifixes or turbans on the job, survey suggests

Raptors fans far from home adjust plans to watch pivotal playoff game

Raptors currently lead the playoff series 3-2, and a win Saturday would vault them into NBA finals

PHOTOS: First responders in Fernie rescue baby owl who fell from nest

The baby owl’s inability to fly back to its nest prompted a rescue by first responders

Five takeaways from the Court of Appeal ruling on B.C.’s pipeline law

It’s unclear how many tools are left in B.C.’s toolbox to fight the project

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve investigating after sea lion found shot in the head

Animal is believed to have been killed somewhere between Ucluelet and Tofino

Most Read