Seems there is much melee about the fate of Rosa’s Taco Stand in Blackburn Park in light of the construction of a new concession stand.

Quite soured at the abusurdity of the article in last week’s Observer and Mayor Marty’s comments that people might like to have hot dogs or ice cream instead of Mexican food, I questioned the City’s sudden appetite to decide what we should eat where and from whom.  So I went to the civic pantry, as it were, and asked for a copy of the RFP and the list of those to whom it was sent.

To say the RFP itself lacks flavour is bland but true. I include it here in italics.


This may be an opportunity for you or your firm to enter into a new business or add to your existing business

 Invitation for Quotation

The City of Salmon Arm invites companies/individuals to submit quotations relating to the provision of Blackburn Park Concession Services. The proposed contract period is from January 1, 2012, to December 31, 2022, with an option to extend for a further five (5) year period.

 Sealed quotations, clearly marked “QUOTATION FOR BLACKBURN PARK CONCESSION SERVICES” will be received at the City of Salmon Arm until 2:00 p.m. on Thursday July 21, 2011.

The Contract involves:

• the provision of seasonal concession services, maintenance and the monitoring of activities at Blackburn Park for years 2012 to 2022.

A copy of the Quotation Documents may be obtained from the City of Salmon Arm at the Customer Service Centre, 500 – 2 Avenue NE, Salmon Arm, B.C. V1E 4N2, which outlines the minimum requirements of the City of Salmon Arm. All enquiries should be directed to Dale McTaggart, Director of Engineering and Public Works. 

While price will be a factor in considering the quotation, it is not the sole criterion and we reserve the right to use other factors in making the final decision. The City reserves the right in its absolute discretion to accept any quotation or to reject any or all quotations for any reason whatsoever, or to select more than one quotation if it so desires. The quotations, which qualify to be considered within this request, will be evaluated on the merit of the total package submitted. The lowest cost quotation will not necessarily become the successful submission.

Quotations may be withdrawn by written notice only, provided such notice is received by the City prior to the time set for the opening of quotations.

The closing date and time for receipt of the sealed quotation is 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, 2011 and must be submitted to Dale McTaggart, Director of Engineering and Public Works at the address noted below. Faxed quotations will not be accepted. Quotations received after the closing date will be returned unopened.

 City of Salmon Arm
500 – 2 Avenue NE
Box 40 Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4N2
Telephone: (250) 803-4016
Fax: (250) 803-4041
Email: dmctaggart@salmonarm.ca

My first bite? The RFP doesn’t even include the word food for heaven’s sake. My second bite? It’s for 10 years with an option to renew for five years. Whatever they choose, we might a long lasting taste.

The next document the City sent me was the list of potential businesses to whom the RFP was sent. Again, not much zing to this list.

I fail to understand, how, once again, the City is making decisions about what we need and why we need it without asking for proper community input in the first place.

We’ll see what this experiment brings to the table. But I’m guessing the tacometre’s got a few more miles to rev before we stop for snacks at the park.


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