Council Amends Villa Parke Community Center Improvement Contract – Pasadena Now

As part of Monday’s consent schedule, City Council unanimously agreed to authorize the City Manager to amend a contract with Thomco Construction, Inc. to increase a contract for improvements at the Villa Parke Community Center by $640,000. additional $.

After initial contract approval, plans prepared by Public Works in coordination with Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services staff, work required encloses the existing yard and its conversion into a new lobby for the weight room and the boxing gymnasium, the demolition and replacement of the concrete terrace and the replacement of the mechanical equipment in the pool area, the installation of new bleachers and shade structures and the improvement of locker room tenants.

However, since then it has been discovered that more work needs to be done.

The condensers serving the weight room and the boxing gym need to be replaced.

“Making this replacement during the installation of the roof would be the most opportune and profitable moment. Other significant work additions will be the painting of the interior walls and ceiling of the gymnasium, as well as the door and door frames on the first floor; new flooring and improved lighting in changing rooms; and the finishing of the auditorium stage and stairs. »

The additional $640,000 would bring the contract to $3.6 million.

Here are the other items that passed as part of Monday’s consent schedule.

• A $7.6 million contract with California Professional Engineering for the Union Street Two-Way Protected Bike Lane. This project envisions a 1.5-mile protected bike path along Union Street from Hill Avenue to Arroyo Parkway as an alternative mode of transportation connecting Metro Gold Line stations to major institutions and employment centers. Additionally, the project includes a 0.3 mile bike boulevard along Holliston Avenue from Union Street to Cordova Street. The project will eliminate one traffic lane and install a protected two-way cycling facility on the south side of Union Street, with raised islands, bollards and traffic lights that separate cyclists from traffic. The project consists of improvements to 14 signalized intersections, including six new traffic signals, signal equipment, conduits, conductors, pull boxes, traffic signal controllers and cabinet upgrades, fiber optic communications, Ethernet switches and splice boxes; tighter corner radii at intersections, ADA curb ramp upgrades, pavement resurfacing, curb and gutter repairs, striping and signage.

• A $279,400 contract for engineering and design services for the seismic retrofit of the Public Works building at the municipal court. Last year, the Department of Public Works issued a request for proposals (RFP) for engineering and design services for the earthquake retrofit. The building, located at 233 West Mountain St, was constructed in 1990. The building is a tilting concrete structure designed and constructed in accordance with the Uniform Building Code (USC) of 1988. The building was constructed in two main sections: a section a one-story section of 8,140 square feet and a two-story section of 35,860 square feet with a short staircase that extends up three stories with a pedestrian bridge connecting to an adjacent staff. surface car park. The building currently houses the Public Works Department Operations Center and Citizen Service Center, as well as the operations and maintenance staff of the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department.

• City Council authorized the Director of Planning and Community Development to electronically sign an agreement with the Governor’s Office for Business and Economic Development for a $75,000 grant to conduct an equity assessment in cannabis and help develop a local equity program. In February, the city was one of five jurisdictions receiving a $75,000 grant through the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) to conduct a Cannabis Social Equity Assessment. and/or program development. In October, GO-Biz announced the availability of $35 million in grants under the Cannabis Equity Grants (CEG) program for local jurisdictions. The program’s goal is to advance economic justice for people and communities impacted by cannabis prohibition by providing support to local jurisdictions as they promote equity and remove barriers to entry into the regulated cannabis industry for applicants and licensees of their equity program. Jurisdictions that receive the funding can use this funding to expand their cannabis equity programs or assist their equity program applicants and licensees by offering low- or interest-free loans or grants, fees reduced license fees or waived fees, and technical support, including consulting. . In order to proceed with the grant, an agreement must be signed no later than March 15 between the City and GO-Biz.

• Pay resolutions for unrepresented employees and senior management employees. The city council sets wages and benefits for classifications that are not represented by an employee association or union. City Council may pass wage resolutions as needed to make adjustments to wages, benefits and working conditions for unrepresented employees. Unrepresented employee resolutions are generally considered once a year.

• Amendments to the FY2022 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget. Active PICs to determine if budget changes are needed. Staff have completed this report detailing the necessary budget adjustments.

• A $2.6 million contract with Act 1 Construction, Inc. for the Washington Park Community House and Restroom project. City Council approved the Washington Park Master Plan (Master Plan) for adoption on November 22, 2004. The 2004 Master Plan includes the development of a new approximately 2,000 square foot “Community House” to be located at side of the park’s existing parking lot along Washington Boulevard. The community house, according to the master plan, includes a multi-purpose hall, space for recreation staff, storage space in the park and a new larger toilet to replace the existing undersized and deteriorated toilet building. In addition, the master plan calls for a reduction in the size of the existing parking lot to accommodate the community house site.

• A one-time agreement with the City of Hidden Hills to exchange $87,845 from Pasadena’s general fund currently dedicated to transit services for $117,127 from Hidden Hills Proposition A for transit operations, programs and projects eligible for Proposition A in Pasadena. Proposition A is funded by a half-cent sales tax measure approved by Los Angeles County voters in 1980. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), which administers the funds, allows a city to exchange all or part of his uncommitted proposal. A fund for unlimited revenue from another city. The receiving city must use Proposition A local return funds redeemed for Proposition A eligible transit operations, programs, and projects. Since general fund dollars are less restrictive than Proposition A dollars local return, general fund dollars are typically traded at a premium. The premium is usually negotiated between the respective entities. The city has already taken advantage of three such exchange opportunities for the purchase of capital assets and to fund transit operations. In February, the City of Hidden Hills reached out to staff to express interest in a Proposition A Local Return fund exchange. After discussions, the staff proposed $87,845 from the Pasadena general fund for $117,127 from the Hidden Hill Proposal A local return funds. The swap is at a rate of 75 cents on the dollar and would only be a one-time deal in FY22.

• Quarterly Investment Report for the quarter ending December 31. The quarterly report must include the investment type, issuer name, maturity date, par, and dollar amount invested in each security, investment, and cash within the Treasury; the weighted average maturity of the investments within the treasury; any funds, investments or programs, including loans, which are under the management of contracted parties; the market value at the date of the report and the source of that valuation for any security within the Treasury; and a description of compliance with the investment policy statement.

• A budget amendment allocating $2,000,000 from the Low and Middle Income Housing Asset Fund, unrestricted fund balance, to. fund the proposed municipal loan through the Department of Housing’s fiscal year 2022 operating budget for the Heritage Square South project; approve the commercial terms of a Second Amendment to the Development, Loan and Lease Agreement with BRIDGE Housing Inc. for the development of the Heritage Square South project, as described in this report. A number of construction industry-wide factors impacted the financial feasibility of the project, resulting in the need to increase the amount of the city’s loan. These factors include a general contractor/subcontractor market that is in very high demand coupled with labor shortages resulting in much higher construction costs across all trades; and material price increases of approximately 15% over the past nine months due to excess demand and supply chain constraints. This environment increased the total development cost of the project by approximately $10 million. In response, the sponsor took steps to close the funding gap by approximately $8 million, with a remaining gap of $2 million.

• A three-year, $2.3 million contract with Parking Concepts Inc. to manage and operate Plaza Las Fuentes valet parking services for the Westin Hotel. Plaza Las Fuentes Parking is a City-owned garage managed by Downtown Properties. In an effort to reduce costs and streamline operations, the City took over management of the garage on February 1 when a new citywide parking operator contract began. The City is contractually obligated to provide valet service at the Plaza Las Fuentes property. The contractually obligated valet operations were not included in the citywide operator contract, as the Westin Hotel had expressed an interest in directly managing the valet operation. In December 2021, the hotel decided not to assume control of the valet operation, leaving the responsibility to the City.

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