Santa Monica Lookout
Bathrooms, Street Improvements Top Santa Monica City Council's Pending Expenses
By Jason Islas
September 6, 2013 -- A park bathroom remodel and street improvements are the most expensive projects Santa Monica's City Council will consider at the top of its Tuesday meeting.
The remodel of bathrooms at Hotchkiss and Marine Parks and a city-wide street restriping project make up more than $1 million of the $1.6 million the Council will decide whether to allocate to various projects throughout the city.
Restriping the city's crosswalks is the most expensive item up for Council consideration Tuesday, coming in at $648,000.
“Periodic restriping of crosswalks is necessary to ensure the traffic markings are visible,” said staff, who is recommending that the City contract with the California-based Super Seal and Stripe to carry out the work.
The City has already worked with Seal and Stripe on the first phase of the restriping project, staff said, and is satisfied with the results.
“Super Seal and Stripe installed new crosswalk markings at 50 intersections throughout the City,” according to staff. “Work was completed in a timely and cost-effective manner while maintaining consistent quality.”
While that contract is only $455,000 of the total bill for the project, staff is also recommending that the City buy the necessary materials for the project from the North Carolina-based Flint Trading, Inc for a total of $193,000 over the next two years.
The Council will also decide whether to approve a $532,400 with G2K Construction, Inc. in order to remodel bathrooms at two of the City's parks.
“The Hotchkiss and Marine Park Public Restroom Renovation Project would upgrade and bring park restroom facilities into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),” staff said, adding that the current facilities are out of date.
The plaza at the entrance of Hotchkiss Park would also get a sorely-needed improvement, staff said.
Whether or not to extend the City's lease of 100 Wilshire's rooftop for five years -- at a total cost of $263,750 -- is another question coming before the Council Tuesday.
As the tallest building in Santa Monica, the City has used 100 Wilshire's roof as a home for its police and fire department radio system since 1987.
“The rooftop space located at 100 Wilshire Boulevard is critical to the continued operation of the Police Department and Fire Department radio systems,” staff said. “The building is the ideal height for proper operation of the infrastructure equipment, is centrally located in the downtown area and has the appropriate emergency power equipment for operation during an electrical outage.”
The Council will consider spending $182,683 to upgrade the fire alarm system for the Airport's administration building.
“The existing fire alarm system at the Airport Administration building is unreliable and difficult to maintain due to outdated devices,” staff said. “Additionally, the alarm control panel is shared with the adjacent Hangar building. Shared systems do not meet current fire codes.”
If the Council approves the expense, California-based Golden Phoenix Construction Company, Inc. will carry out the work, which would start almost immediately after the Council votes.
Bringing up the rear of the list, at least in terms of cost, is a $60,000 purchase of LED traffic lights.
“The City has purchased GE LED signal products since 2001 when the City began implementing a 5 year city-wide LED signal indication upgrade program,” staff said.
Since the City started the upgrade with GE-brand lights, staff said that for the sake of consistency, the City should continue to use that brand.
“Other products do not have an incandescent look or look slightly different from the GE indications,” staff said.
While the initial cost for the lights is $60,000, depending on budget approval, the City could spend up to $300,000 over the next five years.
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