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 — City Council will consider approving $2.75 million worth of spending at Tuesday night’s meeting. The funds are marked for a wide variety of uses including the Santa Monica Pier Carousel, Big Blue Bus and Santa Monica Airport.
Wear and tear-ousel
Maintenance of the Santa Monica Pier Carousel by Roth Management over the next two years could cost City Hall $489,413. Three one-year contract renewals are available pending future council approval.
Roth, the only group to submit a proposal to the city, recently restored the B&B Carousel on Coney Island, N.Y.
City Hall takes in an average of $181,000 a year, which amounts to $362,000 of deferred cost to City Hall over the course of the $489,000 two-year contract.
Orrick, Herrington, and Sutcliff could take in up to $250,000 over the next three years. The law firm would aide City Hall when it issues bonds.
City Hall is considering construction of a fire station and renovation to the Civic Center’s auditorium. The funds could be used, for example, to bring the law firm in for the issuance of bonds for construction.
BBB farebox upgrades
An additional $809,316 could be added to a $7,223,512 contract with an Illinois company tasked with installing Big Blue Bus fare collection systems.
The original contract with LECIP was approved in June of 2012. The additional funds would cover, among other things, employee smartcards, improved wireless LAN routers, and hand held point-of-sale devices.
SMO runway lights
City Hall will likely pledge $152,341 to Cindy Bales Engineering for the replacement of the electrical cables and connectors for runway and taxiway lights at Santa Monica Airport.
This is the second part of a two-part project to enhance airfield safety and reliability, according to the city staff report. Part one, also completed by Cindy Bales Engineering, consisted of upgrading the regulators, transfer switch, and electrical vault equipment for the lights.
Cindy Bales Engineering was the lowest of five bidders, beating the engineer’s estimate by $1,500.
The company in charge of inspection of Parking Structure 6 may receive and additional $45,000 because the contractor is re-sequencing masonry work and pouring concrete on Saturdays, which requires additional inspection.
This would be the fourth modification to the April 2012 agreement with Wildan Geotechnical. The inspection company was originally promised $285,000 to complete necessary work but, assuming this fourth modification is approved by council, the agreement will end up costing City Hall $468,000. Unforeseen complications and construction delays are responsible for the previous instances of increased spending.
The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
A $50,000 heating, ventilation, and air conditioning contract for the Main Library will likely go to ACCO Engineered Systems, with options for two one-year extensions bringing the potential total to $150,000. ACCO was the second lowest of eight bidders, but the lowest, BMD Technologies, which beat ACCO by $180, did not meet City Hall’s minimum emergency response time of two hours.
New employee agreement
Council will likely give approval for City Manager Rod Gould to execute a new agreement with the Santa Monica Municipal Employees Association, resulting in an additional $417,409 in spending.
The agreement includes a 1 percent cost-of-living increase and will expire in June. It will allow SMMEA employees to cash-out accrued, but unused vacation time.
Another union agreement
A similar agreement with the Fire Executive Management Association would cost City Hall an additional $42,777. The agreement eliminates the performance bonus, which ranges from a 1 to 7 percent increase in pay, in favor of a 3.8 percent salary increase across the board.
An additional $495,000 will likely be added to a contract with XO Communications, the company charged with providing City Hall with telecommunication services. The original contract, executed in November of 2011, totaled $69,950 for two years. This modification would expand the scope of the agreement and extend it for another five years.
Three addresses may receive Historic Property Agreements. Council approval would give Gould, the city manager, permission to negotiate the agreements with owners of three city landmarks: 642 Kensington Rd., a 1917 Craftsman bungalow; 1001 Third St., The Embassy Hotel Apartment built in 1927; and 128 Hollister Ave., a 1905 American four-square.
The contract allows Santa Monica to authorize property tax reductions for these locations. Presuming the contracts are executed, City Hall’s property tax revenue would decrease by $10,291 annually.