The Village of Harrison Hot Springs spent nearly $7.6 million in vendor contracts last year, and nearly a quarter of that went to one controversial company.
Harrison spent more than 1.8 million with Timbro Contracting in 2018, the company that is currently proposing a gravel quarry for a property on Hot Springs Road in the District of Kent.
Most of the payments to Timbro were for the expansion of the village’s water system, particularly at the south end of the municipality, as well as drainage in the village.
The village released a list of its contracts over $25,000 for 2018.
Some of the expenses on the list are part of the everyday running of a municipality: BC Hydro, Municipal Pension Plan, Fraser Valley Regional Library, etc. Others were for specific projects, like Drake Excavating Ltd., which received the second highest amount from the village after Timbro.
This company was also part of the water system expansion, and work on Hot Springs Road as well as the replacement of the lines going up to the reservoir. The water system expansion was funded by grant money.
CTQ Consultants is commonly used by the village to help develop plans and strategies, and received $373,370 in 2018.
Goldwell Developments was also on the list, with a payment of $343,128. According to CAO Madeline McDonald, this payment was not for any new development but rather a repayment of funds that had been held by the municipality from a previous development that didn’t go through.
“At a certain point, the permits under which (the deposits) were taken expired,” McDonald said. “So when that process was cancelled, because it had gone on too long and been renewed as many times as it could, it became a fresh start.”
Goldwell is currently working on a new development proposal for that same location on Esplanade Avenue, and new deposits were taken for that process.
Finally, rounding out the top five biggest contracts for organizations that are not typically part of the municipal pay schedule, Aslan Technologies replaced membranes for the village’s sewage treatment plant, for a cost of $277,853.