ABSTRACT: Two PROJECTS IN PROGRESS are presented, namely the Storm Drain Improvements for San Antonio Avenue and 8th Avenue Project and the Fourth Avenue Riparian Habitat and Pathway Project. Recent photos of the projects in progress are shown. A SYNOPSIS for each Project is presented and links to Sources are provided.
Storm Drain Improvements for San Antonio Avenue and 8th Avenue Project:
Storm Drain Improvements In Progress, N/s 8th Av., View from San Antonio Av. to Scenic Rd.
Storm Drain Improvements In Progress, W/s San Antionio Av., View from 8th Av. to the north
View of Storm Drains
As part of the FY 2008/09 Annual Budget, Capital Improvement Program, the City Council approved funding for “Storm Drain Improvements at San Antonio Avenue and 8th Avenue.” The project consists of “the replacement of storm drain pipes, manholes, catch basins and associated pavement patching and reconstruction,” as follows:
Project: STORM DRAIN IMPROVEMENTS, San Antonio Ave. & Eighth Avenue:
Furnish and Install 18" HDPE Storm Drain
Furnish and Install 24" HDPE Storm Drain
Remove Existing 15" & 18" CMP Storm Drain
Sawcut & Remove Portion of Drainage Channel
Construct Catch Basin
Construct Storm Drain Manhole
Connect to Existing Drainage Inlet
Sawcut & Reconstruct Pavement Area
The City received ten bids ranging from a low of $95,760 to a high of $221,726. The lowest responsible bidder on the project was James Sommerville, Incorporated.
At the City Council Meeting on November 4, 2008, the Resolution awarding the bid for the Storm Drain Improvements for San Antonio and 8th Avenues to James Sommerville, Inc. in the amount of $95,760, and authorize a 10% contingency cost of $9,576 was unanimously approved by the City Council with no discussion.
In sum, the project will “improve the street drainage” and “eliminate the possibility of storm drain failure.”
(Sources: City Council Agenda Item Summary and STAFF REPORT and Archived Videos, Regular City Council Meeting, November 4, 2008)
Fourth Avenue Riparian Habitat and Pathway Project:
Fourth Avenue Riparian Habitat and Pathway Project In Progress, S/s 4th Av, View from Carmelo to San Antonio Av.
Fourth Avenue Riparian Habitat and Pathway Project In Progress, View of 4th Av. from Carmelo to Monte Verde St.
Fourth Avenue Riparian Habitat and Pathway Project In Progress, Close-Up of Site of Small Pond on S/s 4th Av. between San Antonio Av. and Carmelo.
The City accepted a grant from the State of California for restoration of a riparian habitat along the south side of Fourth Avenue between Monte Verde Street and San Antonio Avenue as a follow up to the removal of 32 large eucalyptus trees in 2002. The project includes: a pedestrian path; native riparian landscaping; several pools in the storm drain to slow flow velocity; and drainage pipes to percolate storm water back into the soil. Three bids were received by the City; the lowest bid was $280,661.56 and the highest bid was $815,000.00.
The City received a grant from the State of California in the total amount of $373,000 to commence the project. The grant funds are received upon completion of the project. This requires the expenditure of $170,000 in funds allocated in the FY 2008-09 Capital Improvement Budget.
At a Special City Council Meeting on August 19, 2008, the City Council approved a Resolution awarding a contract to Green Valley Landscaping in the amount of $280,661.56 and authorizing a 20% contingency of $56,133 for construction of the Fourth Avenue Riparian Habitat Restoration Project.
In sum, “this project will enhance the natural environment and street aesthetics along Fourth Avenue and will improve pedestrian safety, and connect wildlife corridors within the City.”
Lastly, the contractor has 90 working days to complete the Project, according to City Administrator Rich Guillen's Status Report on the Fourth Avenue Riparian Habitat and Pathway Project at the City Council Meeting on November 4, 2008.
(Sources: City Council Agenda Item Summary and STAFF REPORT and Archived Videos, Special City Council Meeting, August 19, 2008)
Status of Grant-funded Projects
1st Quarter, FY08-09: June through September
Project in progress: Fourth Avenue Riparian Habitat and Pathway
Description and Status:
Phase I (tree removal) completed. Final design plans and construction drawings are complete. Construction contract has been awarded and work is expected to begin soon.
Funding Source and Budget Amount:
Riparian and Riverine Habitat Grant, CA Parks and Recreation Dept: $373,000
City match: $415,000
Project Period: July 2002 to June 2010
(Source: City Council Packet November 2008)
Six years after trees fell, Fourth Avenue facelift finally under way, MARY BROWNFIELD, The Carmel Pine Cone, November 14, 2008, page 5A.