From the City Council Meeting, Tuesday, October 24, 2006
8. DISCUSSION – AWARD OF CONTRACT FOR THE MIRA MONTE RESERVOIR AND BOOSTER STATION PROJECT Recommendation to award a construction contract to Spiess Construction Company, Inc. in an amount of $7,995,475 for the replacement of the Mira Monte Reservoirs (2) and Booster Pump Station
City Manager Gillison gave a well deserved thanks to Director Bruce Inman, Doug Olsen, Deputy Director Chris Cimino and the rest of the public works staff that worked on this project. This is the single largest Public Works project in the 100 years of this City’s existence. It might be the most important. Director Inman and he discussed what would happen in the event that they did not do Mira Monte and they had a seismic event that affected those two reservoirs. The answer is that in less than a day they would be out of water for the whole City and they would not have an ability to serve because their system is built and revolves around these particular establishments. This is very critical. He does recognize the amount is very large for any city and particularly this City. The funding is not just from the residents of this City. Sierra Madre provided a match to what they can get from other sources and put together a funding package that can cover everything. Slightly less than half is going to come from Sierra Madre rate payers.
Inman presented the staff report to the City Council.
Council Member Mosca stated that he is happy that they are finally putting in place the last piece of the puzzle with respect to the seismic report and upgrade of the water facilities. He asked if they were going to take precautions to make sure that the historical property is protected.
Mayor Pro Tem Joffe, seconded by Council Member Mosca moved to Recommendation to award a construction contract to Spiess Construction Company, Inc. in an amount of $7,995,475 for the replacement of the Mira Monte Reservoirs (2) and Booster Pump Station plus the contingency of $1,200,000. Motion carried as follows:
Ayes: Joffe, Mosca, Buchanan, Watts, Zimmerman Nays: None
Abstain: None Absent: None
So there you have it folks! A single entry in the minutes describing "the single largest Public Works project in the 100 years of this City's existence". Joe did it all!
I gave Mosca's 8-1/2 by 11 "postcard" mailer to a political campaign specialist for an opinion. "What this guy is doing is creating a resume for his lobbying career," is the short answer. Bingo! That's it. Joe doesn't care about politics; Joe is interested in the big money! A short stint in Sierra Madre politics has given him 16 reasons and $12 mil in "lobbied" funds to convince you he can put your project on the money track (think consultant, think BIA, think Titan). A law degree, a proven track record, a winning smile and golly jee, just look at the associations he belongs to. Joe is 37 and going places. In the minds of most Sierra Madreans, not soon enough.