The current operation contract between Cold Lake Transit and Southland Transportation Ltd. expires on October 1, 2017. The City of Cold Lake put out a proposal for the next three years of service and only one submission was received, which was from the current contractor.
The contract is based on a three year contract with the option to extend it for two more years. Cold Lake Mayor Craig Copeland asked Administration if the contract had an exit strategy in place if funding was discontinued. Azum Khan, General Manager of Infrastructure Services at the City of Cold Lake answered, “Yes.”
Schedule A, B and C give an idea of how much it costs to run the Cold Lake Transit system. Not included in these reports are the costs of parts, and fuel. Mayor Copeland stated, “The transit system in paid entirely by the Air Weapons Range money. We are not using residential or commercial taxes. And we make a little money on advertisements. We are pretty happy with Southland.”
Council passed a motion on September 12, 2017 at the Regular Cold Lake City Council meeting authorizing Administration to execute a three year contract with an option to extend two additional years between the City of Cold Lake and Southland Transportation Ltd. for Transit Operations Services.