Trying to make sure that the city’s interests are being looked after, the Simi Valley City Council voted to pay a private contractor to monitor the construction of a $10-million police station.
The council on Monday unanimously approved a $98,000 contract with Picon Inc. of Encino to oversee the construction of the station.
The company was recently hired to do similar work on the Boys & Girls Club. Picon is also overseeing the renovation of the Cultural Arts Center. On that project, the company determined that the construction had been shoddy, and a new contractor was hired about a month ago to complete the work.
"(Picon employees) were the ones that caught the contractor’s indiscretions and discovered the problems with the construction,” said Mayor Greg Stratton. “Essentially we are hiring them to be our representatives, making sure everything goes according to plan.”
Construction of the new 47,000-square-foot station at Alamo Street and Tapo Canyon Road is expected to take two to three years. Construction has not yet begun.