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The invoices are rolling in for the new aquatic centre and council has passed a resolution to allow invoices to be processed without prior council approval.
According to the resolution, council has given authorization to the administration to process and pay all certified progress payments and certified invoices related to the construction of the new aquatic centre when they become payable. The motion is in line with Bylaw 35-91.
The payments will be submitted for council review at the next regular meeting following the payment of said accounts. Bernie Morton, the town’s chief administrative officer (CAO), said the resolution will ensure the prompt payment of invoices for the project.
Morton said the builder, Pro-Bilt Structures Ltd., submits invoices to the town as progress is made. There is a process to review the invoices, and then they are sent to the CAO for a final review and to approve the payment.
He noted that as long as the invoices pass the process, cheques will be issued to the builder and the invoices will be brought to council for review. Morton said the prompt payment of invoices would ensure that delays in payment do not cost the town money, but the town has “a pretty rigorous process” in place to monitor the process.
Mayor Rod Perkins said he is confident in the town’s checks and balances, so it was just a matter of council passing the resolution to approve the process. He added that the town also has a committee of council members and the builder to monitor the process.For more on this story, please see the May 9 print edition of The Clarion.