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Council to Address Bids for Police SUVs and Pier Rehab

The last major rehab of the pier was in 1992. Three new Chevrolet Tahoes will replace existing ones if approved.

New police vehicles and the Manhattan Beach Pier are two subjects City Council will address at its Tuesday, March 6 meeting.

City staff is recommending that Council approve the purchase of three new Chevrolet Tahoes, one for administration and two for patrol, to replace and retire the older police vehicles at a cost of $92,969.44, including tax. 

The new Police package vehicles should arrive in about 16 weeks, according to the report. With $150,616 budgeted in the fiscal year 2011-2012 Fleet Management Fund for their purchase and outfitting, city staff says the $57,646.56 left after the SUV purchases will be sufficient to outfit the Tahoes with the safety equipment required.   

City staff is presently soliciting bids for the purchase of three new patrol cars under the same fund. of the nine bids received, according to City Manager Dave Carmany, the apparent low bidder is Bob Wondries Ford of Alhambra, CA, at $75,025.88. Carmany says the bids will be reviewed and one bid presented to council for approval at its March 20 meeting. 

Tuesday night, council is being advised by city staff to award the bid for the pier rehabilitation project to low bidder John S. Meek Company of Gardena, CA, whose bid is $253,250. An engineer had estimated the project would cost $315,000. 

According to a city staff report, 1992 was the last time a major rehabilitation of the pier was completed. Late in 2010, city council approved an assessment of the pier's condition. 

That assessment produced the following repair list:

1. Rehabilitation of localized concrete cracks and spalls at 68 locations. 

2. Replacement of utility line hangers under the pier deck at 22 locations. 

3. Installation of a utility conduit at one location. 

The city has an agreement, dating back to 1988 and extended for another 20 years in 2008, with the state's Department of Parks and Recreation to operate and maintain the pier, which is state owned, according to the staff report.

The State Pier and Parking Fund has $500,000 for the work, appropriated from the Capital Improvement Plan for fiscal year 2011-2012.

In addition to approving Meeks for the job, council is also being asked to approve a professional engineering services contract to Arcadis for $51,900 for construction inspection services, and to approve an amendment authorizing an additional $20,000 to the existing design contract with Moffatt & Nichol for consultation during the construction rehab process. Moffatt & Nichol have already received $37,000 for previous assessment work on the pier, according to the staff report.

City Council regularly meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in chambers at 1400 Highland Avenue at city hall.

Correction: As pointed out in a comment below, this paragraph near the end of the article incorrectly read, "The State Pier and Parking Fund has $500,000 for the work, appropriated from the Capital Improvement Fund for fiscal year 2011-2012." The paragraph should use the word "Plan" as in Capital Improvement Plan. It has now been amended to correct the mistake. 

Gary Osterhout March 06, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Liz - It is a misstatement to say the Pier is being renovated with funds appropriated from the Capital Improvement Fund. This distinction is important, as folks need to understand the different sources of funds available for various capital/construction projects. As stated in tonight's Staff Report: "Funding for this project in the amount of $500,000 was appropriated through the fiscal year 2011-2012 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)." That's "Plan," not Fund. The Plan is what the city has approved to be done; the "Capital Improvement Fund" is an account/reserve with available money for capital projects--and none of which is currently designated to be used for this pier work. The city manager's annual budget report expresses this project and its funding source as follows: "The State Pier and Parking Lot Fund relates to the operational activity for the State owned pier parking lots. This fund is projected to have $436,300 in revenues [from meter fees] and $867,640 in expenditures. Of that total, $500,000 has been allocated to provide for structural rehabilitation of the pier structure to ensure continued stability of the Manhattan Beach landmark. The balance of the funds are used to maintain the pier and parking lots, and the pier comfort stations." The money for the project is from the State Pier and Parking Fund, received from the pier-lot parking meters. The project approval/appropriation was via the Capital Improvement Plan, not Fund.
Native MB resident March 06, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Liz, Informative and timely article! Hope we will see more like this! Participation at City Council meetings is woefully minimal. Residents don't know what is coming until it is a done deal, i.e., after it is too late. It is our responsibility to be informed and articles like this are critical. We certainly are not seeing this information in our only local paper. Thank you, thank you, thank you! This is a small town and decisions effect us all on a personal level. Apathy is at an all time high. You CAN make a difference, you CAN prevent decisions you don't like!
Sharon Arias March 06, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Gibberish, makes no sense!
Liz Spear March 06, 2012 at 09:54 PM
So noted, Gary! Thanks for the distinction between Fund and Plan. My mistake, indeed! In court now on Dolan matter. Will correct the error when online with a computer. Will also report on outcome of city's request for dismissal of Dolan case.

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