Santa Monica Lookout
Santa Monica City Council to Consider $2 Million in Expenses
By Jason Islas
October 22, 2013 -- Repairs to Santa Monica Pier's carousel, upgrades to Big Blue Bus' fare system and new lights at the airport are just some of the things for which the City Council will consider dishing out more than $2 million at the top of its meeting Tuesday.
If the Council approves the expenses, the biggest portion of the $2.2 million -- $809,316 -- would go to the Illinois-based LECIP, Inc. for technological improvements to the Big Blue Bus' fare collection system, including a PC smart card printer, on-board wireless routers for bus-to-bus data transfer and training for staff to help manage BBB's new web page.
The new hardware and software are a part of the BBB's plan to bring its fare collection system into line with regional practices, like issuing fare cards that can be loaded with money or passes and reused.
“Since the procurement of the base fare collection system and related components noted above, BBB staff has determined that an opportunity exists to enhance the base fare collection system to maximize customer service functionality offered by the fareboxes and new fare media, such as adding value to a Smartcard on the bus,” staff said.
The Council will also consider a $495,000 payment to XO Communications -- based in Delaware -- to “to connect Santa Monica’s fiber optic network to the City’s disaster recovery site,” staff said.
“The telecommunication services provide connections to the City’s fiber optic network for the City to obtain access to priority systems onsite and remotely in accordance with the City’s Information Technology disaster recovery plan,” staff said.
For two years of operation and maintenance of Santa Monica Pier's 91-year-old carousel, the Council will decided to pay $489,413 to Roth Management.
“The carousel operator is required to manage all aspects of the carousel’s day to day operation including providing trained employees, maintaining safety records and permits, and depositing ticket revenue with the City,” staff said.
“In addition the operator is required to perform specialized services relating to paint restoration, carving repair of damaged pieces, and performing inspections, basic repairs and preventative maintenance of the carousel mechanism,” according to staff.
The cost of running the carousel is offset by about $181,000 in ticket sales annually, said staff.
The Council could also approve a $250,000 contract with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP to consult on issues relating to the City's bond measures.
In November, voters approved Measure EE, a $385 million bond measure to help fund construction projects for the school district.
The City is currently considering the possibility of putting another bond measure on the ballot to help fund a $50 million overhaul of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and the construction of a fire station after the loss of redevelopment agency money left the two projects without funding.
The Council could also approve another $152,341 to replace “the electrical cables and connectors for all the existing runway and taxiway lights and repairing approximately 95 feet of underground conduit adjacent to the runway and taxiways,” staff said.
According to staff, “This work is the second of a two-phase project to enhance airfield safety and reliability by upgrading the major electrical components of the runway and taxiway lighting system.”
Another $50,000 could be allocated to keep the Main Library's heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment in tip-top shape.
Finally, the Council could approve a $45,000 increase to the contract with Willdan Geotechnical, a California-based company, that provides “deputy inspection services during rebuilding of Parking Structure 6,” staff said.
The City has had to extend the company's contract several times due to construction delays “caused by complications in the first three levels, coordination of the exterior trellis/stair structure and design changes to the exterior façade,” staff said.
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