The Ridgecrest City Council at their meeting Wednesday will talk about several items regarding parks, hear a presentation on QuadState, select a new date for a city visioning workshop and decide whether or not to approve two possible sites for the wastewater treatment facility.
Three agenda items relate to parks projects. In one council will be asked to approve a purchase order with RecWest/Landscape Structures of not more than $500,000 for the Pearson/Upjohn Parks project.
The item was put on the agenda after a recommendation from the Quality of Life Committee. According to a staff report, the committee reviewed bids for the project ranging from $562,000 to $720,800. After reviewing three contract proposals, the committee on April 4 unanimously decided to recommend RecWest/Landscape Structures, as long as the cost does not exceed $500,000. “Originally $620,000 was allocated for the project from TAB funds, a proposal for the additional $120,000 surplus will be presented in the near future,” according the report.
The next agenda item asks council to cancel the agreement with the HLA Group regarding the same parks project. “If the purchase contract option in agenda item 8 is selected, HLA services are no longer needed. HLA has approximately $13,500 remaining on its contract and would likely ask for additional money to rebid the project, since we had an error and had to reject all bids,” according to the staff report. It also notes the decision to suggest terminating the agreement was unanimous in the committee.
Another item relates to the Kerr McGee ballpark project. The HLA Group estimated the ballpark to cost $1.7 million and “[t]hree bids came in ranging from $2.7 million to $3.1 million. Based on the bids in $1 million to [$]1.4 million over the estimate and allocation, the council needs to discuss options for the project. TAB funding has been allocated for the project,” according to a staff report.
Council will also discuss when to reschedule a goal-setting and visioning workshop for the city. The workshop was originally scheduled for Feb. 25 and had to be rescheduled.
Also on the agenda is an item asking council to give direction to Mayor Peggy Breeden, council's representative on the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority.
In a consent calendar item, council will be asked to approve construction of a new wastewater treatment plant on either of two sites analyzed in an environmental impact report. Both potential sites (one on NAWS China Lake and one in Ridgecrest) were found have to “the same or substantially similar environmental impacts, such that neither one constituted a 'Preferred Site,'” according to a staff report. The staff report also notes that construction of the facility on either site would cause “unavoidable adverse impacts” to remain, so a statement of overriding consideration was adopted which balanced project benefits against possible unavoidable adverse impacts at either site.
The recommendation is that council determines both locations to be potential sites. “Action to determine which of the Alternatives will be selected for construction of a new WWTP or to determine if the City will improve and expand the existing WWTP will not be addressed at this time and will continue to be deferred subject to negotiations with property owners,” according to the staff report.
Also on the consent calendar is an item encumbering $8,477 in matching funds already allocated for the Sunland Street Project from Bowman Road to Dolphin Avenue and a request to record the final tract map for tract 6775, phase one in the college heights area along the North side of Rainshadow Court and West of College Heights Boulevard.
Also on the agenda is a presentation on QuadState, to be given by former Councilman Steve Morgan.
The closed session will begin at 4 p.m. On the closed session agenda is the liability claim of F. Raynor, labor negotiations with UFCW Golden State No. 8, potential litigation between the city of Ridgecrest and the County of Kern, pending litigation between the city of Ridgecrest and Southern California Edison, pending litigation between Christopher Calvi and the city of Ridgecrest, undisclosed anticipated litigation, and a public performance employee evaluation of the City Manager.
The regular council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday April 19 at 6 p.m., at City Council Chambers at City Hall, 100 W. California Ave in Ridgecrest. It will also be broadcast on Mediacom Channel 6 and streamed online at www.ridgecrest-ca.gov/city-media/rc6-live