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Santa Monica City Council Contemplates Half A Million Dollars in Expenses

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By Jason Islas
Staff Writer

December 17, 2013 -- The Santa Monica City Council Tuesday will consider about half a million dollars of routine expenses -- from carpeting to water pipes --during its final meeting this year.

At the top of that list is a $264,820 contract with the California-based Cannon Corporation to carry out the City’s annual water main replacement and construction project.

“The Annual Water Main Replacement/Upgrade Project will replace and construct approximately 9,000 feet of water distribution pipelines at various locations to ensure an adequate and reliable supply of water to customers,” staff said.

The project, staff said, targets aging sections of the City’s 250-mile network of pipes and water mains, which the City surveyed in 2011.

“The (2011) study provides cost and likelihood of potential water main breaks while making recommendations to replace and upgrade the aged water mains throughout the city,” staff said.

Construction, which staff said would last about six to eight months, would start in fall 2014 if the Council approves the contract.

The Council will also consider spending another $200,000 to replace carpeting and flooring in municipal buildings throughout the city, including City Hall, the Santa Monica Pier Carousel building, two libraries and Joslyn Park Auditorium.

The current agreement City Hall has with Elite Floorcovering and HM Carpets won’t cover the scope of replacements required through June, staff said.

Next on the list, the City Council will consider shelling out $100,000 to replace concrete trash containers along Main Street, Montana Boulevard, Pico Boulevard and parts of Downtown with dual compactors.

The total project, which would cost as much as $300,000 over the next three years would cut down on the amount of time City workers spent emptying public trash cans, staff said.

The new compactors also make it easier for residents to recycle, staff said.

So far, 13 “Big Belly/Smart Belly” compactors have replaced concrete bins along Main Street. But that’s a drop in the bucket of Santa Monica’s 400 concrete trash bins located throughout the city.

Expenses aren’t the only thing on the City Council’s housekeeping list Tuesday.

The City Council will also decide whether to approve the sale of two pieces of City land for a total of $1.2 million.

If the Council approves the sale of a 5,920 square foot parcel at 1122 22nd Street to Pezhman Firoozfam, the City could see as much as $1.067 million flow into its coffers.

Additionally, if the Council approves the sale of its “surplus property” at 1731-1733 20th Street to Crossroads School, it would mean another $154,400 for the City.


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