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Ryan Legaspi takes a look at the many refrigerators at Carlson's Appliances on Fifth Street Monday afternoon. The City Council plans to extend its lease with Carlson's, which is renting its showroom from City Hall. The proposed lease extension for the 7,150 square-foot store would expire at the end of 2012 and would bring City Hall $18,500 per month during 2011 and $18,870 per month in 2012. (photo by Brandon Wise)

CITY HALL — Hoping to improve recycling services for residents, the City Council is expected Tuesday to approve a $65,000 contract with Morley Construction Co. to prepare the future site of City Hall’s planned Resource Recovery Center.

To be located in the southern half of the Michigan Avenue City Yards, the center would replace an existing facility off Delaware Avenue. The proposed center would provide an integrated, one-stop recycling station for residents and would include a self-haul green waste and recycling facility and an improved household hazardous waste repository, according to a City Hall report.

The contract is a small part of a $5.3 million spending package included on the City Council’s consent agenda.

As part of a renovation of the Arcadia Water Treatment Plant, the council is also expected to approve a $5 million contract with the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation for brine water disposal for a two-year period.

The brine is a byproduct of the water treatment process that will filter and soften groundwater produced by City Hall’s drinking water production wells, which are expected to come online by the end of 2010.

The overall project, called the Charnock Well Field Restoration Project, involves the installation of a water treatment system to remove groundwater contaminated by the gasoline additive methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE) from the Charnock groundwater sub-basin and restore it as a water supply for the city, according to a City Hall report.

The council is also expected to approve an amendment worth $57,000 to a contract with Wastewater Sampling and Flow Metering Services. The amendment will bring the firm’s three-year contract to provide, operate, and maintain wastewater flow meters to $112,000.

The council is also expected to approve $88,250 for Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., for design services associated with City Hall’s Advanced Traffic Management System.

The council in 2008 approved $660,000 for the firm for design work required by the project, which involves synchronizing traffic signals on major bus corridors like Wilshire, Santa Monica, Pico, and Lincoln boulevards.

The additional contract is for modifying design plans to accommodate new wireless technology, according to a City Hall report.

The council is also expected to approve a lease extension for Carlson’s Inc., an appliance store located in a City Hall-owned retail building at 1338 Fifth St. City Hall acquired the property in 2007.

The proposed lease extension for the 7,150 square-foot store would expire at the end of 2012 and would bring City Hall $18,500 per month during 2011 and $18,870 per month in 2012.

The council is also being asked to approve an additional $16,442 for Dorothy Berndt, a licensed clinical social worker, bringing her total contract to $50,000 for the first year of a three-year deal. Berndt has been retained to provide clinical assessment of special needs populations. Clients include persons who are chronically homeless, physically and mentally disabled, and seniors. She reviews documentation of disability and homeless status to assure eligibility for various programs, connects recipients to other mainstream services and assures appropriate treatment, according to a City Hall report.

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