City Council approves several road improvement projects

The following is a wrap-up of the April 16 City Council meeting. You may read the complete agenda here or listen to the audio here.

City Council approves several road improvement projects

In a unanimous vote, the City Council approved several road improvement projects to proceed with new asphalt pavement, new access ramps and new striping and pavement markings.

Cumulatively, the project will resurface a total of .6 miles of road segments, including:

  • Denton Avenue from the I-10 to Marshall Street
  • Glendon Way from Lafayette Street to Marshall Street
  • Lafayette Street from Saxon Avenue to Marshall Street
  • Loftus Drive from Del Mar Avenue to the east end
  • Saxon Avenue from the westbound I-10 Del Mar Avenue offramp to the westbound I-10 San Gabriel Boulevard onramp
  • Strathmore Avenue from Saxon Avenue to Marshall Street

As a result of the decision, the City will enter into a construction contract with All American Asphalt for a total bid amount of $377,334 with an additional appropriation of $126,013 of unallocated CDBG funds. The total contract cost is $415,067.40, which includes a 10% construction contingency.

City Council approves extension agreement with White Nelson Diehl Evans, LLP

In a unanimous vote, the City Council approved an extension with White Nelson Diehl Evans, LLP as the City’s independent auditors. The firm was originally selected in 2013 after a competitive selection process and their contract was extended again in 2016. With the agreement ending in 2018, the firm has indicated that they are willing to serve as the City’s auditors for the year ending on June 30, 2019. The extension includes a base cost of $31,000 plus $4,300 for a single audit alongside a $5,000 contingency if additional work is required.

City Council approves 2019-20 budget development guiding principles

The City Council approved a list of guiding principles for the next budget year. They include:

  • City budgets must balance
  • The City shall maintain prudent reserves
  • The City shall maintain its infrastructure
  • The City shall base its budget on realistic estimates
  • The City shall fund ongoing costs with ongoing revenues
  • The City shall endeavor to maintain competitive compensation
  • The City shall competitively procure goods and services
  • The City must know its true costs
  • The City shall only borrow what it can afford to repay
  • The City shall amortize capital costs
  • The City shall plan ahead
  • The City shall make and report its financial decisions publicly
  • The City shall conservatively invest in its idle cash
  • The budget shall remain flexible
  • New facilities or programs will only be considered if there is no new impact on the City’s general fund or if an existing service is reduced to cover the cost of the new facility or program.
  • The City shall collect what is due
  • The City shall be innovative and efficient
  • The City will reduce budgets when necessary
  • City staff will analyze its existing services and target proposed service reductions or eliminations if needed. Every effort will be made to sustain essential services to support the City’s core mission.

In addition, the City Council requested City staff to revise the following items for a future City Council meeting:

The following item was approved with amendments:

  • A road closure at 864 Commercial Avenue between Gladys and the Rubio Wash with new amendments concerning security, barricades and insurance

Finally, the City Council approved the following items: