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 — At meeting held 17 years to the day after the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the seismic retrofit of Parking Structure No. 2, which was damaged in the disaster, was on the City Council’s agenda Monday night.

Members approved an additional $45,000 for construction firm Beezley Management, which is working on the project. The firm’s total contract is now $237,500.

The retrofit required additional funding because of problems during the demolition phase of construction, according to a City Hall report.

“The project encountered many unforeseen conditions, including incorrect as-built drawings, conditions on a neighboring property that required revisions to the design and obstructions found during excavation activities,” the report stated.

The contract amendment was part of a $523,000 spending package that the council approved at a special meeting on Monday.

Santa Monica is also getting an upgrade to its emergency notification capability with a new system that can dial mobile and land line telephones and send e-mails and text messages to alert the public of emergencies. The system augments the city’s existing AM radio and Web Information Network systems for emergency alerts.

Besides giving City Hall another tool to alert the public in the event of a disaster, the new system also includes the capability to allow the public to register to receive notifications of non-emergency activities such as road closures and construction projects, or special events such as the Los Angeles Marathon, according to a report.

The contract is with Everbridge Inc. for $99,950.

The council also approved $246,489 to purchase a replacement trash collection truck fueled by compressed natural gas. The contract for the vehicle is with California-based Boerner Truck Center.

The council also agreed to spend $131,622 on a propane-fueled truck used to haul leaves and wood debris generated during tree trimmings. The contract is with Reynolds Buick Inc.


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