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Lamanda Park Will Get New Pocket Park After Council OKs Contract

Published on Monday, September 27, 2021 | 7:28 pm

The City Council on Monday approved a $365,000 contract for the construction of a pocket park near the Lamanda Park Branch Library.

The pocket park will be located in an approximately 13,000 square-foot existing landscaped portion of the site to the east of the existing library building at 140 S. Altadena Drive.

According to a city staff report, the Lamanda Park Branch Library project will maintain the existing 10 spaces in the surface parking lot to the north of the library building.

The park will contain a children’s play area with a rubberized play surface and a 1,240 square-foot solid shade structure, three picnic tables, and an expanded refuse storage facility in the northeastern portion of the site fronting on East Morningside Street.

Spread out throughout the remainder of the park will be a water fountain, six benches, and landscaped areas. An eight-foot-high security fence will be installed along the park’s south perimeter.

The project was presented to a city hearing officer in July at the recommendation of the Planning and Community Development Department staff. A conditional use permit (CUP) was approved with conditions that have already been implemented into the project’s design.

The city has already broken ground on another pocket park in the city’s Playhouse District.

Following are other items that passed with a sweep motion on Monday’s consent calendar:

• An agreement with Los Angeles County for the city to provide Pasadena Dial-A-Ride services to residents in the unincorporated areas of Altadena, Kinneloa, Chapman Woods, and East San Gabriel until June 30, 2024. The county will provide service reimbursements in an amount not to exceed $930,000. The current service agreement with the county expired on June 30. Staff received the final agreement from the county the second week of August due to a long review time by the county. If this agreement is authorized, it will include payment for service provided since June 30. Pasadena Dial-A-Ride has continued to provide the service with the understanding that a new agreement was pending.

• A $265,914 contract for janitorial services in three city-owned parking lots. The contract could be extended by the city manager for two optional one-year terms not to exceed $88,638 annually with a maximum contract of five years and a not-to-exceed contract amount of $443,190. The parking division of the Department of Transportation oversees operation of the surface parking lots at Shoppers Lane, and the surface lot to the west of the Pasadena Playhouse. Daily janitorial service and weed abatement in these lots are critical to maintaining a positive appearance for customers of the retail and offices that these lots serve. While these services were provided previously via the city’s landscaping and janitorial contracts, City staff determined the lots would be better served by obtaining these services from specialized vendors who typically provide such services in parking facilities.

• A $63,985 contract with Mini Wing USA for Freeform EC Nitrile Gloves for patrol logistics. The Pasadena Police Department has approximately 370 sworn and civilian employees who are required to wear Nitrile gloves during their normal business activities. Six of the companies that submitted bids on gloves did not meet the specification in thickness of the fingers, palms, and length that the Police Department was requesting. In each case, the fingers and palms were too thin and the length was too short. Three of the companies submitted bids on gloves that did not meet the requested tensile strength. One company submitted a bid on a glove whose length was too long which would interfere with employees wearing long-sleeve uniforms.

• A purchase order contract with Haaker Equipment Company for the purchase of two Vactor Ramjet Jet Rodder Sewer Trucks for an amount not to exceed $700,269. As part of year one of the approved 3-Year Fleet Replacement Plan, two sewer jet trucks currently assigned to the Public Works Department have been identified for replacement. To ensure that the replacement vehicles meet the unique needs of the city, the Public Works Department performed field tests of several different models. During this testing process, staff test drove sewer trucks from various manufacturers and used them to perform routine sewer line maintenance tasks. Staff rated the Vactor model as the top-performing truck overall.

• A budget amendment appropriating $331,200 from the inclusionary housing fund unappropriated fund balance to the Housing Department’s FY 2022 operating budget for the HHP Housing Acquisition Project. Since 2012 the city of Pasadena has entered into housing acquisition loan agreements, to acquire city-assisted units in affordable homeownership projects developed by HHP, or units in homeownership projects that were developed pursuant to the city’s inclusionary ordinance.

• An amendment to the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY 2022) Adopted Operating Budget increasing the citywide total full-time equivalents (FTE) by 5.20 limited-term FTEs and 2 permanent FTEs and an agreement with the state of California Office of Traffic Safety for acceptance of the selective traffic enforcement program (STEP) and the traffic records improvement program (TRIP) grant funds and a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) for acceptance of CARES Act equivalent funding. Throughout the fiscal year, budget amendments are necessary to account for unanticipated changes to the adopted budget. These revenue and appropriation amendments are presented to the City Council for consideration.

• Amendments to the Fiscal Year 2022 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Budget. Throughout the Fiscal Year (FY), the Department of Public Works in conjunction with other impacted departments reviews active CIP projects to determine if budgetary changes are needed.

• A resolution amending the FY 2022 General Fee Schedule. The resolution would adopt new fees for a single-family compatibility permit, historic resource evaluation. Several fee titles would also be changed.

• An amendment to a contract with the Flintridge Center for an additional $8,610 increasing the contract to $1,848,409 for the grant term ending August 15. On August 28, 2017, City Council approved a contract with the BSCC to recognize and appropriate $2,511,537 in grant funds awarded to the city of Pasadena to assist in mental health, substance abuse, and supportive services for previously incarcerated persons returning to the city of Pasadena. At the time and within the mandate of the grant award, the city manager entered into a contract with Flintridge Center for Proposition 47 re-entry services in an amount not to exceed $1,839,799 for the grant term of 38 months starting on June 16, 2017. On Aug. 17, 2020, the City Council approved a one-year no-cost extension to continue Proposition 47 re-entry services.

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