City moves forward with new police facility

It’s the third Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time for a City Council wrap-up:

City moves forward with new police facility

After several project delays, the City Council – in a unanimous vote – approved a plan to update the new police facility to comply with updated building codes. The previous police facility plans were drafted in 2013 and expired in 2015 after the project stalled due to unforeseen delays.

The new plans drafted by WMM Associates will produce a facility with significant structural upgrades, with the building becoming 40% more rigid than the original design. More importantly, the new plans will comply with 2016 California building codes for an essential service facility. For comparison, the previous plans were based on 2010 California building codes.

With the City Council’s approval, the City will now allocate $258,990 alongside a 10% contingency to move forward with the updated police facility.

San Gabriel Police Department continues agreement with WMM Associates

To continue the development of the new police facility, the City Council also unanimously agreed to continue the San Gabriel Police Department’s agreement with WMM Associates.

If you’ve been following the police facility project closely, you might know that WMM Associates originally signed onto the project in 2000 to conduct a needs assessment study of the project site. In 2010, WMM Associates fulfilled the terms of their agreement on budget and on time. However, unforeseen circumstances – such as the economic recession – pushed the project back.

With the project now moving forward, SGPD will use these funds to supplement their agreement with WMM Associates. These funds – which amount to a total of $179,592 (including a 20% contingency) – will be used to address costs associated with delays in the project.

City adopts updated sewer management plan

To comply with state requirements, the City Council unanimously approved the adoption of the City’s updated sewer management plan. Updates to the plan include changes in the City’s organizational chart, revised program goals, and changes in operations and maintenance to the sewer system over the last five years.

As a bit of backstory to the sewer management plan, the City was required to update its sewer system after several sewage spills between 2011 and 2014. To address these spills, a sewer use fee was adopted by the City Council to update the City’s aging sewer system with a sewer management plan.

With the plan, the City is in the process of rehabilitating a significant portion of its sewer system to comply with state and federal laws. Some of these improvements include the rehabilitation of sewer mains along Dewey/Brighton Street, San Gabriel Boulevard, Del Mar Avenue, Walnut Street and Las Tunas Drive. The City also plans to complete a video inspection of the entire sanitary sewer system by March of this year so that it can adequately follow up with necessary maintenance.

City rejects bid for the 2017 Community Development Block Grant Street Improvement Project

In a unanimous vote, the City Council also rejected a single bid for its 2017 Community Development Block Grant Street Improvement Project. The Los Angeles County Community Development Commission – the governing body that distributes CDBG funds – has advised the City that a minimum of two bids are required in order for the City Council to award a contract using CDBG funds.

Once approved, the 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.

City Council approves Councilmember Menchaca’s request to attend National Association of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials Conference

In a 4-1 vote, with Mayor Costanzo voting against the motion, the City Council approved Councilmember Menchaca’s request to attend the National Association of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials.

The cost of the conference will be approximately $2,200 and no new funds are being requested.

Finally, the City Council approved the following items on the consent calendar with a 5-0 vote:

  • 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.

As always, you may view a full agenda of the meeting here. An audio recording will also be available here in just a few days.