Highlighting Wednesday night’s City Council meeting will be the election of a new mayor, as Michael Cacciotti ends his 1-year term in becoming a City Council meeting.
Dr. Richard Schneider, currently the mayor pro tem, is expected to move into the mayoral seat.
The meeting at City Hall inside the City Council Chambers begins at 7:30 p.m. with a full agenda.
Cacciotti will give his year-end presentation.
Some of the other major items on the council agenda include:
- State Senator Anthony Portantino will give his State of the State Address.
- Council members will be asked to approve a letter to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) requesting a cooperative agreement for the 110 Freeway interchange hook-ramp project.
In April, Caltrans submitted a draft cooperative agreement for the City of South Pasadena to consider. The draft cooperative agreement established that the City would be the lead agency for the construction project.
However, the City of South Pasadena does not have the proper funding to complete the project at this time.
In July, city officials met with Caltrans
to discuss the city’s preference for Caltrans to assume the role of lead agency for the 110
“At this time it is recommended to submit a letter to Caltrans to expedite the execution of the cooperative agreement,” City Manager Stephanie DeWolf wrote in a city report.
The SR-Il0 Project includes modifications to the current on-and off-ramps, including a hook-ramp, from the 110 Freeway interchange at Fair Oaks Avenue in an effort to moving traffic at the interchange more freely.
- The City Council will be asked to approve a letter of support on behalf of the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority’s Grant application for the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Light Rail Project. On December 2, the Construction Authority broke ground on the 12.3-mile project, extending the current Metro Gold Line to Montclair, with six new stations located in the cities of Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona, Claremont, and Montclair. The total project cost was estimated at $1.5 billion and funding will be primarily comprised of Measure M funds in Los Angeles County. However, there is currently a funding shortfall of approximately $250 million.
- The council will be asked to approve a lease agreement with the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation (SPPF) for the use of the Meridian Iron Works Museum. SPPF’s current lease ends at the end of the year. Over the years, SPPF has been dedicated to preserving the local history of South Pasadena by opening the museum to the public on Saturdays and Thursdays during the city’s farmers’ market.
- The City Council will be asked to authorize a five-year agreement with Vision Technology Solutions, LLC (Vision) to upgrade the City of South Pasadena’s website design and hosting services. The initial cost of the project is $18,895, which includes design, content migration, training, maintenance, and technical support.
- The South Pasadena Fire Department will be presented a certificate of recognition for being named a Gold Award recipient by the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency.
- The City Council will be asked to authorize the City Manager to execute a revised lease agreement to allow the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works (LACPW) to park shuttle vans overnight in the Mission-Meridian Village (MMV) Parking Garage. The LACPW has requested that two shuttle vans be allowed to park overnight in the MMV parking garage in order to provide shuttle van service from the Metro Gold Line for their employees.
- The council will be asked to approve a contract amendment with Raftelis Financial Services, Inc., for additional water rate Consultant Services. The original contract was $55,465 and city officials say the final contract will be in the amount of $58,765 upon approval of the proposed amendment.
- The City Council will be asked to accepted a proposal from Kabbara Engineering for engineering design services for the Bushnell Avenue and Diamond Avenue Street Improvement Project and for it not to exceed $70,158. In addition, the council will be asked to approve a road improvement project with the firm for Alpha Avenue and Camino Del Sol not to exceed $70,158.
- The council will be asked to approve the 2018 City Council Meeting schedule and determine which meetings will be canceled and/or rescheduled.
City of South Pasadena reports contributed to this article.