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Santa Monica City Council to Consider $1.3 Million in Expenses

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By Jason Islas
Staff Writer

December 10, 2013 -- The Santa Monica City Council will consider $1.3 million worth of routine expenses at the top of its Tuesday meeting.

A new $720,000 emergency vehicle tops the list, which also includes a $200,000 contract to clean up asbestos and hazardous materials and a $180,000 contract for trash bin repair services.

But the most expensive item going before the Council Tuesday will be a new “Air / Light / Rescue Utility truck,” which is used to fill and transport compressed air tanks and other materials to firefighters in the field.

“The City replaces heavy Fire apparatus vehicles that have reached the end of their useful life through the Fire Vehicle Replacement Program within the Capital Improvement Program,” staff said.

The new truck would replace one that Santa Monica firefighters have used since 1994.

Since that truck is almost 20 years old, “(t)he Rescue Utility is reaching the end of its useful life with rising repair cost and decreasing reliability,” staff said.

The City Council will also consider spending up to $350,000 over the next three years for hazardous material clean up.

If the contract is approved, Castlerock Environmental will work with “Architecture Services Division in completing construction projects requiring hazardous material abatement at various City facilities such as City Hall, Ken Edwards Center, and facilities at Memorial and Virginia Avenue parks,” staff said.

Another $180,000 over the next three years could be allotted for repairs to the City’s metal trash and recycling bins.

“The City requires welding services to repair metal refuse and recycling bins to extend the life of the container,” staff said. “Since the City has been without a manufacturer of metal bins since August 2012, the existing metal bin inventory has been repaired rather than replaced.”

The Council will also consider a three-year contract of up to $176,000 to keep the City’s fleet of trash trucks and street sweepers clean.

“The City requires supplemental fleet washing services for refuse and recycling collection and street sweeping vehicles,” staff said. “Regular cleaning of the vehicles eliminates grease and material build-up around the mechanical equipment and underbody.”

Finally, the City Council will consider dishing out an additional $28,000 to the local architectural firm, Koning Eizenberg for its work on the Pico Branch Library, whose opening date has been pushed back.

“The project has encountered unforeseen conditions and scope changes resulting in the anticipated construction completion date for the Pico Branch Library to be revised from October 2013 to early 2014,” staff said.

The library, a project more than 30 years in the making, will be the first in Santa Monica’s Pico Neighborhood. (“Santa Monica Pico Library Breaks Ground,” August 16, 2012)

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