County to hire firm for climate plan?

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It seems Renfrew County has found a firm to prepare a “climate change action plan” for them – but it’s going to cost.

In a report to the county’s development and property committee Tuesday, director Jason Davis said four “qualified proposals” were received in response to a request for proposals issued earlier this year.

Davis recommended that the contract for the project be awarded to Ainsworth Inc of Toronto.

Ainsworth submitted the lowest of the four bids at $72,522, almost three times the budget for the work of $25,000.

Davis noted that the “climate change action plan” was included as part of the county’s 2023-26 strategic plan, under goal #6 – “environmental resiliency.”

“The climate action plan is to identify a path forward for a ‘sustainable community’ and identify and close gaps in the existing policy framework to achieve the vision and goals that will be developed in the plan,” Davis said in his report…

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