Council Authorizing the City Manager to Execute a Professional Services Agreement in an amount not to exceed $74,810.00 with SWCA Environmental Consultants to Provide Environmental Services Related to the Master Trails Project (ATP Cycle 4 Grant Program).
The City received ATP Cycle 4 funding allocation for the design and implementation of segments 3 (portion), 4 (portion), and 9 (portion) of the Trails Master Plan. The funding included preparation of the necessary environmental documentation in accordance with State and Federal Law.
The City of Coalinga solicited proposals from qualified consultants to provide the following services:
1. Prepare an Initial Study (IS) anticipating adoption of a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) consistent with CEQA Guidelines.
2. Prepare and obtain Caltrans approval of a Preliminary Environmental Study (PES) Form consistent with Caltrans guidance.
3. Prepare technical studies identified in the PES following Caltrans’ Standard Environmental Reference (SER) Guidelines to support a NEPA Categorical Exclusion and as support documentation for CEQA.
Proposals were due on May 29, 2020 and the City received nine (9) proposals from qualified firms. Staff conduced a preliminary review of the proposals and chose to interview three (3) firms who felt exceeded the City expectations and provide an opportunity to get to know the individual firms a bit more. After conducting interviews staff decided to proceed with recommending to the CIty Council approval of a contract with SWCA Environmental Consultants.
- Do not authorize the City Manager to enter into a contract with SWCA Consultants. - this is not recommended by staff.
V. FISCAL IMPACT:
The contract amount will not exceed $74,810.00. This contract is funded by the grant with no impact to the general Fund. The budgeted amount in the grant for environmental services was $100,000.00, where the savings will be applied to the right-of-way and construction phase of the project.