Work on fixing deficiencies at the long-delayed Philip H. Jones Pollution Control Plant in Penetanguishene continues.
According to public works manager Bryan Murray, the town is “continuing to work with the contractor on resolving the items.”
A deficiency is anything that doesn’t meet certain standards, including a loose doorknob or a required paint touch-up.
“Right now, we’re hovering around 200 deficiencies,” he said. “Our focus is on getting them wrapped up.”
Murray said the contractor is working to resolve the issue and, if the company is unable to do so, the town will do the work itself and bill the contractor.
Mayor Gerry Marshall said the number sounds like a lot, but many of the concerns are minor.
“When you throw around a number like 200, everybody has heart palpitations,” he said. “I’m less concerned about loose doorknobs and baseboards than the meaningful deficiencies.”
Murray said those number “about a dozen,” with the major issue involving the grit-removal system, which takes sediment out of the water. He said this will cost about $950,000 for the contractor to resolve.
The $28.2-million expansion of the Philip H. Jones Pollution Control Plant has been beset by problems ever since it was approved. Multiple delays pushed the completion date more than two years past deadline.
The warranty phase, which identifies and then addresses deficiencies at the plant, will end in March 2017.
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