By Jason Islas
September 10, 2012 -- The Santa Monica City Council will consider almost $4 million in expenses listed on Tuesday night's consent calendar, which does not require discussion.
Of the $4 million, the Council will consider allocating $1.3 million toward a new universally accessible playground near the beach and a 2.35-acre public park adjacent to the Expo Maintenance Yard in the Pico Neighborhood.
The council will have to vote whether to award an almost $1 million contract to Micon Construction, Inc. to build Santa Monica's first universally accessible playground, designed to accommodate children with physical disabilities as well those without.
“The proposed playground demonstrates the opportunities that diversity brings to civic life,” City officials said in January, when plans went before the Council.
The contract to design the Expo Maintenance Yard park -- which may go to Mia Lehrer and Associates -- comes in at just below $300,000.
According to City staff, the park will serve as a buffer zone between the maintenance facility and houses along Stewart Street, helping to reduce the noise in the residential area.
The council will consider a $850,000 contract with T.Y.LIN International “to provide public outreach, conceptual design, and environmental documentation services for the Pier Bridge Replacement Project,” according to staff.
The 73-year-old bridge, which connects Ocean Avenue to the Santa Monica Pier, is “is structurally and functionally deficient,” City officials said.
In addition,, the council will look at spending $108,400 to keep the Pier itself in tip-top shape. They'll consider a $68,400 contract with John S. Meek Company “for deck board replacement and monthly nail patrol services” on the Pier.
Another $40,000 contract could go to Parrot Painting to remove graffiti from the Pier.
Siemens Water Technologies Corporation could see its contract with the City, which it has had since 2010, increased by more than half a million dollars Tuesday if the council votes to extend their contract maintain and operate the Charnock Well Field, a major source of Santa Monica's water.
Lee & Ro, Inc. could get a $328,500 contract to provide design services for the San Vicente Booster Pump Station Emergency Generator Project, and General Pump Company, Inc. could get a contract for $180,000 for water well repair and maintenance services.
The council also will vote on whether to take a hit on $124,977 it loaned to the Mountain View Mobile Inn Residents Association from the Housing Trust Fund.
“In 1996, a loan was issued to the Residents Association for the purpose of performing due diligence associated with the conversion of the property to cooperative housing and the anticipated acquisition of the mobile home park by residents,” staff said.
“That approach was ultimately not feasible and the City subsequently purchased the property to preserve it as affordable housing.”