Carpinteria Skate Park facing crucial Council decision on construction contract | Local News

Carpinteria City Council will decide on Monday whether to award a construction contract for a new skate park.

Since its launch in 2009, the Carpinteria Skate Foundation has been working to create a new park for skaters of all ages, raising funds and working with the town of Carpinteria to establish a partnership.

The park was designed by Dreamland Skateparks of Lincoln City, Oregon. Last June, the Carpinteria Skate Foundation held a kick-off celebration for the project at the park’s future site adjacent to City Hall and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Substation, where skaters of all kinds are went out.

At a Feb. 14 meeting, the board was presented with a single construction bid — from Santa Barbara-based Lash Construction Inc. — for $2,089,242, nearly 50% more than the estimate. of the engineer.

Because the board normally tries to stay within 10% of the engineer’s estimate, which was $1.4 million for this project, contract award was delayed until staff comes back with an offer analysis report.

“Although the current bid is higher than the engineer’s estimate, staff have determined that Lash Construction Inc.’s lowest total base bid is generally consistent with current construction trends, which have increased significantly compared to the last year since the preparation of the engineer’s estimate,” the staff report said. .

Now, at Monday’s meeting, the board will decide whether to award the offer to Lash. Council’s other choices include rejecting the bid and declaring that the project could be done more economically by city employees, rejecting the bid and re-announcing the bids, rejecting the bid and redesigning the project into smaller phases, or abandoning the project altogether.

The city staff report recommends that council award the offer to Lash Construction at this time.

As for the shortfall of $696,000, the City has the option of using its own sources of funding, such as the general fund or the Measure X sales tax fund; split the shortfall in half with the Carpinteria Skate Foundation; or apply for grants.

If the city council awards the skate park project to Lash Construction, the estimated construction schedule includes notice to start in April and construction is expected to close in January.

The city council meeting will be held Monday at 5:30 p.m. in person in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 5775 Carpinteria Avenue, as well as virtually on the city’s website.

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