Newport may outsource some maintenance

The Newport Beach City Council is expected at its regular meeting Tuesday night to move forward with a temporary sculpture exhibit in Civic Center Park, approve the purchase of a fire engine and outsource some parks and facilities maintenance.

In a study session beginning at 4:30 p.m., Newport Beach police and recreation officials will run down facts and statistics from the city's Fourth of July activities, including the number of arrests and Loud and Unruly Gathering Ordinance citations.

Also at 4:30 p.m., the council will hold its annual public facilities corporation meeting. The special council meeting is essentially housekeeping for the entity that technically owns city property.

The temporary sculpture exhibition would run from May — to coincide with the Civic Center opening's first anniversary — through April 2017.

According to a staff report, the council is likely to vote to allocate up to $125,000 for the first year of the project. The same amount would be needed to fund the second year.

In other business, the council will consider buying a fire engine, probably from Pierce Manufacturing of Appleton, Wis. A staff report puts the cost at $580,789.

Another item up for approval is an agreement with Santa Ana-based Pinnacle Landscape Management to handle some of the city's parks and facilities maintenance. According to a staff report, the company's bills are not to exceed about $1.15 million per year.

Finally, the council is expected to accept two checks to help fund the Newport Beach Library. The Newport Beach Public Library Foundation is giving $12,550, and $255,000 is coming from the Friends of the Newport Beach Library.

The regular meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Civic Center at 100 Civic Center Drive.

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