Breaking News: Needles, CA: Needles City Council voted unanimously approving Phase 2 of Water Service Replacement and Street Improvements Project.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Source: Needles City Clerk Dale Jones (Information and Agenda Packet):

Needles, California: Members of the Needles City Council have voted unanimously approving Phase 2 of Water Service Replacement and Street Improvements Project.

The unanimously vote approving Agenda Items 1 occurred regular meeting held on Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022 inside the Needles City Council Chambers located at 1111 Bailey Avenue near J Street.

Needles City Manager telling members and the public that approve approval, work will begin in 10 days on the water lines and roadways.

More details from the meeting tonight will be added soon.

According to documents from the City of Needles, City of Needles staff developed a 15-year Pavement Management Plan (PMP) for all 47 miles of city-maintained roadway. The PMP outlined priorities to maintain good roads because the City can preserve dozens of roads for the cost of repairing one road.

The City of Needles has phased each year of the 15-year plan as funds become available.

Phase II Water Service Replacement and Street Improvements includes Crack fill, Slurry Seal and Paving on a selection of streets reported in the PMP study in 2019 and are as follows:

  • Grind and Pave D Street (Broadway Acoma Street), South L Street, South K Street & E Street (between Broadway & Front St). All streets mentioned above will receive water service replacements.
  • Slurry Seal J Street and I Street (Front St – Broadway) and Needles Hwy (Pashard Street — North K Street) including sub-grade repairs where needed.

On Wednesday, January 26th, 2022, Phase II of the Water Service Replacement & Street Improvements project were placed out to bid with a bid opening date of Wednesday, February 9th, 2022.

The City of Needles received one (1) bid from Christensen Brothers in the amount of $1,272,258.

Christensen Brothers was awarded the Phase I project and is also the low bidder in this bid.

According to documents from the City of Needles, City of Needles staff also reached out to residents and commercial customers who wanted to participate in a re-surfacing beautification effort to clean up parking lots & private driveways while a contractor was mobilized.

With the upcoming Parks Grant award and other projects underway, the City of Needles added alternate bids that could be completed under those programs such as:

  • Flip Mendez Parkway (Duke Watkins Park) and other City Facilities
  • Public Parking Lot on F Street & Broadway
  • City Hall Rear Yard Parking Area all needing pavement maintenance work completed.

Other Alternate bids for residents and commercial customers that will need to pay the prevailing wage requirements under their procurement process will be reimbursed by the agency including a 5% administrative cost to the City of Needles:

  • School District Additional Parking at District Facilities
  • Palo Verde College Parking Lots
  • County of San Bernardino Sheriff Complex

As for the fiscal impact, the City of Needles said in the documents that available in Water Asset Replacement Fund is $1.2 million for portions related to utilities ($65,460). Budgeted under FY 2022 General Fund Public Works Street Improvements Fund is $ 2,933,252 for the next Pavement Project ($972,040).

According to documents from the City of Needles, this item is being presented at the regular meeting of the of the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority starting at 6:00 p.m. PT on Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022, and will be placed on the next regular meeting of the Needles Board of Public Utilities schedule for 4:00 p.m. PT on Tuesday, March 4th, 2022 for concurrence of utility items.

The recommended action to members of the Needles City Council is to accept the bid from Christensen Brothers for Base Bid with Alternate Items listed for a total City amount of $839,863 and a total project cost of $1,469,895 which includes a 10% contingency, and additional acceptance of alternate bids for School, College and County by separate cooperative funding agreement for additional reimbursable amount of $432,395 and authorize staff to issue a Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed.

*** Agenda Packet for Agenda Item 1 (Unless otherwise noted, all downloadable agenda packets that are posted here are in a PDF file format so please make sure to have a PDF file reader or viewer): ***

CC-01-022222-Accept Bid Waterline & Street

For more information, please contact Dale Jones, City Clerk at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113.

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