City Council to review San Gabriel’s Coyote Management Plan

The next City Council meeting will take place on May 1 at 7:30 p.m. In preparation, here’s a preview of what the City Council will hear. As always, you may view the full agenda here.

City Council to hear Coyote Management Plan

Given the recent uptick in coyote sightings, the City Council will be reviewing the City’s existing Coyote Management Plan with the goal of incorporating community feedback.

As the area has become urbanized, wildlife – like coyotes, raccoons and skunks – have found their way in the community. With many concerned about coyotes, the City has developed ways to mitigate coyote interactions, with the ultimate goal of coexisting with coyotes. These methods were developed into a plan two years ago with guidance by the United States Humane Society. The plan addresses the most effective and humane way of ensuring the safety of humans as they coexist with coyotes in an urban environment.

The plan follows this approach:

  • Public education about what residents can do to detract coyotes from roaming onto their property, and what they can do to mitigate coyote behavior
  • Enforcement of laws and regulations, including enforcing California law prohibiting the feeding of wildlife. The plan also outlines the type of property upkeep that’s required in order to reduce the presence of coyotes
  • Information about coyote encounters and how the City should respond. To summarize, the City will only trap coyotes as a last resort if they’re sick or outwardly hostile towards humans

You may read more about the Coyote Management Plan and what City staff are proposing here. A community page on the City’s website has also been prepared with additional information.

Community Services requests approval for new truck and sedan

With funding allocated for the purchase of a new truck and sedan, Community Services is requesting to purchase both vehicles through the National Joint Powers Authority. The truck will be used to transport equipment to special events, and the sedan will be used by Community Services staff as a pool vehicle for departmental business.

With multiple program sites and an increasing number of special events, the department’s existing pool vehicle is not sufficient. If approved, the truck will cost $37,057.77 and the sedan will cost $27,325.36.

Community Services proposes contract extension with First Transit for Dial-A-Ride

Provided as a service for residents 62 years or older or for individuals a disabilities, Dial-A-Ride is currently serviced by First Transit using funds from Proposition A. For some background, Proposition A is a one-half of 1% tax on most retail sales in Los Angeles County that was approved by voters in 1980. 25% of these funds, handled by Metro, are then given to cities to fund transportation initiatives.

For the last several years, Dial-A-Ride in San Gabriel has been handled by First Transit. The City’s contract with First Transit has expired, and Community Services staff are proposing a one year renewal ending April 2019. During this one-year extension, Community Services is looking to reevaluate the program and prepare a request for proposal that will better serve San Gabriel residents. The City will also survey neighboring cities to compare our program to others provided in the surrounding communities.

The one-year contract renewal will include a monthly rate of $30,006.28, an increase from the previous monthly rate of $28,965.59.

City Council to review Mayor’s appointments to committees, commissions and organizations

Every year, the Mayor makes appointments to committees, commissions and organizations across the region. The appointments also serve as Council liaisons for City initiatives. These appointments are based on feedback received by members of the Council.

The City Council is recommended to approve the appointments recommended by the Mayor.

Council to hear $59,767.59 construction amendment for Marshall Park

Marshall Park originally began construction in December 2016, and the City entered into professional service agreements with five consulting firms for design, construction management, inspection, labor compliance and materials testing services.

The original completion date for the park was May 28, 2017. However, several delays due to significant rainfall early into the project – coupled with materials availability – pushed the park’s official opening date to January 20, 2018. As a result, the final construction cost of the park is .5% (or $17,367.59) over the approved construction budget. This is in addition to $42,400.00 in additional costs for consulting services during the delay.

The City Council is recommended to approve the purchase order increases and amendments to these agreements totaling $59,767.59.