The janitor has been fired.
Toronto area Cheema Cleaning Service Limited was dismissed because the company was, according to City officials “deficient in fulfillment of its contract”.
Cheema was in the first year of a three-year $161,000.00 contract to clean Strangway Centre, Lawrence House, Sarnia Transit and Public Works at both Devine and Telfer Streets. But a City report says the company failed to clean, failed to schedule weekly visits with City staff and failed safety and security requirements.
A report to Council says Cheema had “protracted and repeated deficiencies, staffing and performance issues, failed to attend locations as required, failed to clean washrooms and high soil areas and left secured offices unsecured”.
As a result, the City is retaining the services of Craig Hill Cleaning Services, a local company to fulfill Cheema’s contract through until next May. It is described as “an interim contract” but will cost more.
Cheema was the low bidder. Hill was not but according to the report Hill will clean the Strangway Centre, Sarnia Transit and Public Works for the price of its original bid which will cost the City an additional $1,325.00 through until December 31.
City staff will clean the Lawrence House, which will save $406.00 a month.
Bev MacDougall says the issue for Hill is the Province’s proposed minimum wage, which is scheduled to increase from $11.60 to $14.00 an hour January 1. “It’s a potential problem and I think staff is making the correct decision by holding off on a another contract until we understand the impact”.
Hill will work on a monthly basis through until May.
As for Cheema MacDougall says, “I’m not saying he was bad because he was from out of town but because he just wasn’t good”.
The City anticipates the higher minimum wage will increase cleaning costs by more than 20 per cent. For Hill that means his monthly bill will increase $1,100.00 to $6,779.00.
H & S Commercial will continue to provide cleaning services at City Hall for $164,000.00 as part of a three-year contract. H & S was a low bidder.