Halifax Regional Municipality is seeking bidders for its next security-services contract.
The current agreement is a three-year contract that expires in late September, a city hall spokesperson said Thursday.
Senior communications advisor Maggie-Jane Spray told HalifaxToday.ca the approved budget for the next one is about $709,500.
According to a public request for proposals, issued Aug. 5, the successful company will use security guards to patrol places that are publicly accessible, such as the Central Library on Spring Garden Road and Emera Oval on the Halifax Commons.
They’re also to regularly monitor not-so-public sites as municipal works depots and several vacant HRM properties.
As well, if required, security guards can be used to staff fire scenes.
“The security requirements of the municipality are dynamic and fluid,” the proposal request says.
“The scope of the work and/or locations requiring security services may change quickly and throughout the duration of the contract. The successful proponent must (be able) to respond to these quickly changing (needs) as they occur.”
Among other things, the proposal request says, all guards will have to go through an annual criminal record check. This must be managed by the security-services firm, it says.
And security personnel have to be very discreet, the request for proposals says.
“Members of the security team will treat official business with (Halifax Regional Municipality) as confidential,” it says.
The deadline for bid submissions is 2 p.m. on Aug. 18.
A 2014 municipal staff report said HRM years ago had multiple agreements for security services. Service levels used to be “inconsistent across facilities and business units,” the report said.
City hall consolidated its contract to help “modernize (its) corporate security approach,” it said.
Michael Lightstone is a freelance reporter living in Dartmouth