contract for environmental

assessment, remediation

BY ANITA VARGHESE

The Santa Monica City Council authorized the city manager to negotiate and execute contracts worth approximately $2.2 million to ICF Consulting for environmental assessment and remediation services.

Council members agreed Tuesday, November 9th, to enter into three contracts with the environmental consulting firm to assess and clean up city-operated fueling facilities and underground storage tanks at the City Yards, Big Blue Bus Yard and Santa Monica Municipal Airport.

“As a result of these fueling operations, spills and leaks have occurred in the past, which require assessment and cleanup,” said Craig Perkins, city Environmental and Public Works Management Department director.

“At each of these sites, remediation systems have been installed and are currently in operation,” Perkins said.

Consulting services amount to $804,516 at the City Yards, $1,273, 977 at the Big Blue Bus Yard and $157,228 at the Santa Monica Municipal Airport. The contracts also include a 15 percent contingency fee.

“A contingency of this amount is recommended due to the variable nature of environmental investigatory and remediation activities, whereby changes in field conditions, contaminant distribution and regulatory requirements often compel immediate response by the city,” Perkins said.

City staff proposed that the contracts be in effect for two years with a third-year option to renew.

A committee consisting of representatives from the city Environmental and Public Works Management, Big Blue Bus and Resource Management Departments has reviewed the contracts.

The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board will provide oversight of work at the three sites.

OTHER ACTIONS:

n Santa Monica City Council members agreed to award a $224,030 bid to Boerner Truck Center to furnish and deliver two diesel-powered truck tractors so that the city Solid Waste Management Division can replace old fleet vehicles and haul landfill loads.

n The city has agreed to commit $80,000 for a five-year agreement with the Los Angeles County Flood Control District to allow the city to operate and maintain 200 excluder devices that reduce urban runoff pollution.

The excluder devices are located in county catch basins within Santa Monica and prevent catch basin pollution from flowing into the Santa Monica Bay.

n City Council members also agreed to pay $66,000 for one year’s worth of computer support services for the Santa Monica Homeless Services Network.

Grant funding comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The computerized network, established by the city in 1995, links 11 homeless service agencies and helps those agencies track homeless clients and demographics.

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