Winward Private School (photo by Brandon Wise)

Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city’s expenditures appearing on upcoming Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been part of public discussion in the past.

CITY HALL ¬ó The City Council will only consider $630,000 worth of expenditures on its consent agenda Tuesday night, a break from a string of costly calendars that have frequently reached into the millions.

The City Council is likely to approve a $395,235 contract increase for Black and Veatch Construction, Inc. for the relocation of a city-owned well under athletic fields used by the Windward School.

School officials want to modify their athletic fields, but have to move the well to do so, a process that could cost up to $1,896,292.

While City Hall is fronting the cash, the school will end up paying for the relocation later.

Energy database

Staff recommends that the council approve a $150,000 contract with Vitasys, Inc. to build a website with information to save builders money when they use energy-efficient materials.

The online database would be used by people applying for building permits to hook them up with money-saving information on energy efficiency programs, incentives and rebates.

The database is a requirement of a $374,000 grant from Southern California Edison for four energy-efficiency projects that support the state’s strategic plan.

Vitasys was the only company to respond to the call for bids.

Pico Library

For the fifth time, the City Council will consider increasing the contract for the construction of the Pico Branch Library.

If approved, the new contract with Koning Eizenberg Architects will grow by $85,348 to a new total of $967,938.

The additional money will pay for the design and engineering of a rainwater harvest system, two extra months of construction and 28 more on-site meetings.


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