The third Tuesday of the month is quickly approaching, which means it’s time for another City Council preview. You can learn more about these items at the next City Council meeting on March 20, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall.
As always, you may view the complete agenda here.
City Council reorganization
In accordance with California law, the City Council is required to reorganize each year by appointing a new Mayor and a Vice Mayor. Current Mayor Juli Costanzo is expected to make outgoing comments, and after which, a new Mayor and Vice Mayor of San Gabriel will be appointed.
To proceed with road improvements using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds on Broadway, California Street and Pine Street, city staff is recommending that the City Council award a contract of $586,300 including a 10% construction contingency to Hardy & Harper, Inc.
Under a CDBG contract with the Los Angeles County Community Development Commission, the City has been authorized to move forward with several road improvements to Broadway (from California Street to the Rubio Wash), California Street (from the Union Pacific Railroad to Agostino Road and from Broadway to Las Tunas Drive) and Pine Street (from the Union Pacific Railroad to Agostino Road and from Broadway to Las Tunas Drive). These improvements include new asphalt pavement, new access ramps, new striping and new pavement markings.
After viewing several proposals, staff determined that Hardy & Harper, Inc. was the lowest responsible bidder, falling 10% below the engineer’s estimate. As a result, staff is recommending that the City Council award the contract to Hardy and Harper, Inc.
After submitting a grant with “Built it with KaBOOM!” to build a new playground at Smith Park, the City now needs to submit a letter of intent drafted by KaBOOM! This will hopefully allow the City to be matched with a suitable funding partner for new playground equipment at Smith Park.
If you’ve never heard of the non-profit, KaBOOM! is a national organization that aims to give kids a safe place to play. The nonprofit would partner with the City and a funding partner to plan, design and build a new playground at Smith Park.
Since there are two playgrounds at Smith Park, City staff is proposing that the northeast playground would be the best location for the new project. If the project is funded, City staff will then look at replacing the smaller playground for younger children at the south end at the park.
Should the project move forward, the City is expected to contribute $8,500 to cover a small percentage of the cost of the new playground equipment. This fund is intended to come from community fundraising efforts. In addition, the City would also have to cover the cost of a soil test and the removal of the existing playground equipment, which would be conducted in-house by the Public Works department.
The City Council will be holding a public meeting about a proposed change of date from 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of every month to 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of every month. In addition, the Community Services Commission, the Planning Commission, the Historical Preservation and Cultural Resource Commission and the Design Review Commission would all be rescheduled to 6:30 p.m.
The San Gabriel Fire Department was recently awarded $80,196 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help bolster the department’s resources. Of this, the fire department is proposing that $60,000 is spent on communications equipment, $2,016 is spent on mobilization training exercises and $18,180 spent towards urban search and rescue training and equipment.
City staff is recommending that the City Council make a motion to increase the fire department’s budget by $80,196, and to authorize the Fire Chief to accept the grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Similar to the staff report outlined above, the San Gabriel Fire Department received $35,000 from the 2015 U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant program to help purchase equipment and to bolster the department’s expertise. The fire department is proposing to allocate $20,000 for equipment purchases to help fund rope rescues, confined space rescues and search operations. The department is also requesting to allocate $15,000 to urban search and rescue training.
City staff is recommending that the City Council make a motion to increase the fire department’s budget by $35,000 and to authorize the Fire Chief to accept the grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.