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First Nations contractor awarded SPECS clean-up contract

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
First Nations contractor awarded SPECS clean-up contract

FMFN 468 Chief Ron Kreutzer announced that Christina River Construction was awarded the SPECS contract on Friday // Chris Vandenbreekel - Harvard Broadcasting

The mass demolition and clean-up contract for Fort McMurray has gone to a local company.

Fort McMurray #468 First Nation announced on their Facebook page today that Christina River Construction had been awarded the SPECS contract.

The company is a joint venture owned by FMFN 468.

“The successful bid by CRC is evidence of the growing economic capacity of FMFN 468,” Chief Ron Kreutzer wrote in an open letter. “FMFN 468 is committed to playing its part in the tremendous recovery efforts that will be necessary in the years to come.”

SPECS had been managing the bid process for a coordinated clean-up, to which over 90% of insurance companies in the region had signed up for. Each homeowner had been given the option to sign on to the SPECS option, and were told that it would likely be the most cost-effective option.

Insurance Bureau of Canada Vice President for Western and Pacific Bill Adams said that the costs would be between $12,500 to $14,500 for a single family home, and between $7,700 to $9,600 for mobile homes.

“We want consumers to make an informed choice,” he said. “Now that the price has hit the street, I think a lot of people will be moving very quickly to make their decisions on where they want to go.”

The IBC has developed a worksheet for homeowners to use when getting quotes from other contractors, to ensure they’re comparing “apples to apples” on all-in demolition and clean-up prices. The sheet is available upon request from each insurer.

Adams added that 600 homes had already signed up for the SPECS option, and he expects more to sign on now that the contractor and prices have been revealed.

There was some concern among residents expressed at council that the work would be done by an outside company, creating wariness about agreeing to the SPECS clean-up. Ultimately 19 of the 22 bids came from local contractors, with CRC getting the contract.


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