Preview of the February 20 City Council meeting

Here’s a preview of the agenda that will be heard at tonight’s City Council meeting at City Hall in Council Chambers at 7:30 p.m. You may view the full agenda here.

As a friendly reminder, City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of every month.

City updates new police station plans to comply with new building codes

Back in 2013, the architectural and planning firm WMM Associates completed drawings for the new San Gabriel Police Department facility based on 2010 California building codes. A lack of funding and timing meant that those permits expired in November 2015.

Since then, city staff made the determination that the plans would need to be updated to match current California building codes. This translates into a revised structure that will be 40% more rigid to comply with more stringent seismic regulations.

In July 2017, WMM presented a rough estimate of the code updates, which amounts to $258,990. Staff is recommending the city allocate $258,990 for the updated plans, plus a 10% construction contingency to cover any unforeseen adjustments.

San Gabriel Police Department requests additional funds to continue agreement with WMM Associates

The city originally commissioned WMM Associates to conduct an assessment for a new police station back in 2000. In May 2010, WMM Associates fulfilled their terms on budget and within the city’s timeline. However, since then, the project has been delayed due to the economic recession and other unforeseen circumstances.

With the project now progressing into the construction phase, the SGPD is requesting that the City Council approve additional funding to supplement WMM Associates’ agreement for a total of $179,592. This includes a 20% contingency to account for any unforeseen adjustments.

In addition, several items will be heard on the consent calendar, including:

  • Material demands and certificates of authority that will allow new City Manager Mark Lazzaretto to sign on behalf of the city with banking institutions. Mark’s signature authority will replace former City Manager Steve Preston.
  • An agreement that will allow Gabrielino High School to continue to use Smith Park Pool for the 2017-18 school year. The cost of the agreement will not exceed $13,500 for the 2017-18 school year.
  • An agreement that will allow the San Gabriel Sea Gulls and Gabrielino High School to share the cost of the pool operation by covering a portion of utility costs. As has been the norm, the city will absorb the cost of city lifeguards during SGSG practices throughout the school year for a maximum of 200 hours.
  • An updated sanitary sewer management plan that conforms to state regulations.
  • The rejection of a bid for the 2017 Community Development Block Grant Street Improvement Project. This project will construct new paving, new access ramps and improvements to Broadway from California Street to the Rubio Wash on two segments of California Street and two segments of Pine Street. A minimum of two bids are required in order for the City Council to award a contract using CDBG funds
  • A request from Councilmember Menchaca to attend the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials conference in Phoenix, Arizona.