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Council Approves Nearly $13 Million in Contracts

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By Lookout staff

June 13, 2023 -- The City Council on Tuesday approved half a dozen five-year contracts totaling nearly $13 million for services ranging from private security at parking structures to maintenance of police radio operations.

The biggest expenditure on the Consent Calendar was a $4,788,523 modification of a contract with Illinois-based Motorola Solutions, Inc. "for maintenance of the interoperable public safety trunked radio communications system and radio equipment."

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The contract also gives the City "authority to purchase new equipment as needed by various departments," according to a report from City staff.

The system integrates with a regional public safety network that "ensures coordinated regional response in the face of a natural disaster or other emergency," staff wrote.

The Council also approved a $2.2 million contract to extend for five years a pilot program that provides overnight security patrols at ten City parking structures in the Downtown area ("Council Poised to Approve $2.2 Million Contract for Parking Structure Security," June 12, 2023).

Under the contract, Good Guard Security would provide four unarmed guards, including a supervisor, between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. at seven Downtown Parking Structures, and at parking structures in the Ken Edwards Center, the Main Library and the Civic Center.

The Council also approved a five-year $2.6 million contract with Ferguson Waterworks as the primary vendor for the purchase of water and wastewater supplies.

"Repair parts and supplies are used daily by the Water Resources Division’s water construction, wastewater, and meter shop crews to perform preventative maintenance and/or emergency repairs" to Santa Monica's water distribution network, staff said.

The network includes "approximately 1,300 fire hydrants and 18,000 water service connections through a 205-mile network of distribution mains," more than 150 miles of wastewater collection pipelines, two flow monitoring and sampling stations and a 26 million gallon-per-day wastewater pumping station, staff said.

In addition, the Council approved a $2 million five-year contract with International Line Builders, Inc. as the primary contractor "for citywide as-needed streetlight electrical repair services and urgent electrical construction as required by the Public Works Department."

"The need for contracted electrical services is due to unanticipated damage to infrastructure such as street light pole replacement due to vehicle accidents and storms," staff said.

"In addition, these services may be utilized to restore street light functions in the event of copper wire theft and secure City infrastructure to limit future theft."

The Council also approved an $882,000 contract modification with Kronos Workforce Central which provides the City's "electronic time-keeping system and attendance record processing system, for employee timekeeping and payroll processing.

The Council also approved a $408,000 five-year contract with Star-Dust Tours, Inc. for bus transportation services for the Community Services Department (CSD).

The Department schedules up to 100 excursions annually for a variety of programs for youth and people with disabilities, including those offered through CREST, the Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL), Santa Monica Adaptive Recreation & Sports (SMARS), and Virginia Avenue Park, staff said.

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