Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Auditors to include police headquarters contract in review

  • Print

Winnipeg's chief administrative officer said the city hired Dunmore Corporation to manage the construction of the new police headquarters because of its expertise from the football stadium construction.

This afternoon, CAO Phil Sheegl responded to concerns raised by former mayoral advisor Brian Kelcey, who alleged city officials may have violated procurement rules when they awarded Dunmore Corporation the contract to manage construction of the new police headquarters.

Dunmore Corporation's president is Ossama AbouZeid, who also oversaw construction of Investors Group Field, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' new football stadium at the University of Manitoba.

In a letter to council, Kelcey said the city's policy is to tender consultant contracts that exceed $100,000, but a recent city financial report suggests Winnipeg's public service sole-sourced a contract to Dunmore and paid the company $262,580 in fees to manage the police headquarters redevelopment. The letter also raised concern Adjeleian Allan Rubeli, an Ottawa engineering firm hired to help manage the headquarters project, has been paid $4.5 million. The city initially sole-sourced a contract to Adjeleian Allan Rubeli for a fee that was not to exceed $2.6 million, Kelcey's letter states.

Sheegl said Dunmore was not hired as a consultant, and was providing a service of managing the construction. He said AbouZeid was just completing work on the stadium and the headquarters' design was well underway and the city was working to guarantee a maximum price on the construction so it doesn't spiral out of control.

Sheegl said it would've taken weeks to tender a contract and bring someone up to speed.

"I'm the chair of BBB Stadium and watched him hands-on and the great work that he did there and he comes highly recommended," he said, following council's last meeting of 2012.

Sheegl also clarified that there was no cost overruns related to the Ottawa-based engineering firm. He said Adjeleian Allan Rubeli completed the work they were paid $2.6-million to do. There was a change in the scope of their work, Sheegl said, and the firm was also paid to complete the work a previous engineering firm did not finish because they parted ways with the city.

He said it was money that was within the city's budget, and there were no cost overruns.

"Dr. AbouZeid was just completing his work on the stadium and did a great job there so we retained him," Sheegl said.

City auditors will review contracts awarded to manage the police headquarters construction in the ongoing investigation into Winnipeg real-estate deals.

This afternoon, finance chairman Coun. Russ Wyatt (Transcona) confirmed City of Winnipeg auditor Brian Whiteside will include concerns raised about contracts related to the new police headquarters in the broader city real-estate audit.

"This will be part of the work they're doing as part of the real-estate audit and it will be given a priority," Wyatt said.

History

Updated on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 10:25 AM CST: Updates with Sheegl comments.

1:42 PM: Updates with comments from finance chairman Coun. Russ Wyatt.

3:49 PM: updates with full writethru

3:59 PM: Corrects headline.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Drew Willy on his team's win over Alouettes

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A goose flys defensively to protect their young Wednesday near Kenaston Blvd and Waverley -See Bryksa 30 Day goose challenge- Day 16 - May 23, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • A mother goose has chosen a rather busy spot to nest her eggs- in the parking lot of St Vital Centre on a boulevard. Countless cars buzz by and people have begun to bring it food.-Goose Challenge Day 06 - May 08, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

What do you think of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s comment that Tina Fontaine’s slaying was a crime, and not part of a larger sociological problem?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google