San Ramon council to consider skate park project, Iron Horse Trail overcrossings

Tuesday's meeting isn't taking place at new City Hall because of tech delay

Renovations to the Central Park skate park and proposed Iron Horse Regional Trail overcrossings at Bollinger Canyon and Crow Canyon roads are among the items under consideration for the San Ramon City Council on Tuesday night.

The council will hold its meeting at the San Ramon Community Center, not at the new San Ramon City Hall as originally expected.

The new City Hall at 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road opened for business in a soft-opening April 27, but the new council chamber is not ready to host a meeting because of technology delays, according to city clerk Renee Beck. The council may hold its first meeting there May 24, but that is still up in the air, she added.

With the city having moved out of the old City Hall on Camino Ramon last month, the council members will find themselves holding their regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday inside the Community Center at 12501 Alcosta Blvd.

Among its action items, the council will consider approving a contract amendment and notice of completion for the Central Park skate park renovation and repair project. A ribbon-cutting for the revitalized skate park is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, three hours after the grand-opening ceremony for the new City Hall.

The original construction contract with California Skateparks, Inc., was approved for $293,000 -- well under the final project budget of $400,000. So city staff recommended adding $73,000 worth of work to the contract to cover additional components initially proposed as alternative work if funding were available.

The updated contract for design and construction would be worth $366,150. The agreement with California Skateparks also includes about $25,000 for concrete wall modification and $8,400 for material testing and inspections.

All that work has been completed, so the council will also consider approving a notice of completion for the project, according to city staff.

The skate park items are part of the council's 11-item consent agenda -- a collection of business deemed routine and acted upon all at once, unless a council member or resident wants an item pulled for separate consideration.

Also included on the consent agenda is a proposed increase of $5,567 to the contract with Biggs Cardosa Associates for the community outreach and preliminary design phases of the Iron Horse Regional Trail bicycle and pedestrian overcrossing project at Bollinger Canyon and Crow Canyon roads.

The revised contract would rise to a maximum of $206,276. The increase would have no impact to the city's general fund because project funding comes from a transportation for livable communities grant from the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, according to city staff.

The project, still in the design and outreach phase, proposes to add overhead bridges for pedestrians and cyclists at the two thoroughfares' junctions with the trail in an effort to improve safety and traffic flows.

Last July, the council endorsed a tied-arch bridge concept for Crow Canyon and a cable-stayed option for Bollinger Canyon.

In regular business Tuesday, the council will consider appropriating $55,000 from the public, educational and government (PEG) fund to the installation of a marquee sign at the new City Hall.

The two-sided, dynamic LED sign adjacent to Bollinger Canyon Road would service the City Hall, Community Center and Central Park, according to city officials.

Council members will consider appointments to the Teen Council, Arts Advisory Committee and the Library Advisory Committee.

They will also hear the Arts Advisory Committee's annual report.

Following the regular meeting, the council will gather as the governing board of San Ramon's Geologic Hazard Abatement District to discuss a two-item consent agenda for the district.

The council is also set to meet two hours before its regular meeting, beginning at 5 p.m., at the Community Center to conduct a workshop on the city budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year.

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