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 — Bike lanes make up a majority of the $814,383 that City Council will consider spending in Tuesday’s consent calendar.
Most of the items on this agenda won’t require City Hall to open its wallet.
The Historical Society Museum wants permission to booze at two fundraisers this year. City Hall is applying for a couple state grants; one to study sea-level rise, the other for the Big Blue Bus.
The big ticket item, bike lanes, will likely be approved for installation on Main Street and Broadway at a price of $523,852. The lanes are set to go in from Colorado to Ozone avenues on Main Street and Sixth Street to Centinela Avenue on Broadway.
They will be the same color — green — and material as the Ocean Park Boulevard bike lanes, which were installed about a year ago.
Work is expected to begin in mid January and be complete by the end of March.
Once Second Street is repaved, it too will get bike lanes from California to Colorado avenues.
Chrisp Company submitted the lowest of four bids and was selected for the project.
Replacing stolen wire
A recent rash of copper wire thefts are costing City Hall at least $49,000. City officials will ask council to add a bit less, $45,000, to the annual contract with Electrical Supply Connection, the company tasked with providing electrical and street lighting supplies.
Starting in September, a string of wire thefts from streetlights resulted in outages, mainly in the northern part of Santa Monica. In November, City Hall bought about 95,000 feet of replacement wire and related supplies at the aforementioned price of $49,000. Copper prices are up right now, around $3.23 a pound in October, resulting in thefts from lights and construction sites.
Police have made three arrests, but the thefts persisted, officials told the Daily Press earlier this month.
Three City Hall paving vehicles are worn out so council will likely approve the purchase of a cold milling machine for $144,484. The Wirtgen compact cold milling machine allows workers to get closer to obstacles, like manholes, without damaging them and to work in smaller spaces. It also cuts down on the amount of required hand digging. Nixon-Egli Equipment Co., the only bidder, is recommended to receive the contract.
City Hall wants a third irrigation truck for landscaped areas like the new Tongva Park. Council will likely approve a $61,047 contract extension with Thorson Motor Center, which provided the first two in June for $118,050.
Those trucks were purchased to replace two irrigation trucks that burned up in a fire at City Hall’s Colorado Yard.
The Santa Monica Pier needs twice as much lumber as previously estimated. Council will likely vote to provide the pier with $40,000 worth of additional lumber this fiscal year.
In previous years, Gemini Forest Products was paid to deliver lumber and the amount never exceeded $40,000. This year’s contract, which started in July, was for the same amount but as of Oct. 15 Pier Maintenance had already purchased $36,920 in lumber. City officials propose doubling this year’s contract to $80,000 and doing the same for next year’s potential contract extension.
There’s been an increase in deteriorated deck board replacements leading to the need for more lumber. Additionally, several portions of the parking lot deck need replacement.
BBB grant application
City officials want council’s permission to apply for a $534,182 state grant that would allow for security improvements on Big Blue Buses.
These funds would go toward the replacement of old BBB on-board security cameras and adding a wireless downloading capability. The same grant was used to make similar security camera replacements in 2011 and 2012.