GLENDALE CITY COUNCIL MEETING PREVIEW

The City Council on Tuesday will consider approving a five-year, $316,920 contract with a private firm to clean the windows of city-owned buildings.

City crews have sporadically washed windows on municipal buildings no higher than one story, but in 2005, the Public Works Department hired an outside firm to perform the work due to strict state regulations required for taller buildings.

City custodians have since concentrated on the routine, detailed cleaning within the buildings, leaving the more specialized window maintenance to a private firm.

The first three-year contract expired in October. The proposed five-year contract is with the same firm.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The council will likely approve the contract given the limited ability of municipal crews to clean beyond first-floor windows and the expense involved with meeting state safety regulations.

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Glendale Water & Power officials will seek authorization to expand a contract, at a cost of $240,630, to map all city fire hydrants.

The City Council in 2007 approved a $216,720 contract with iWater Inc. to “exercise” 3,400 water valves and map 1,200 fire hydrants using a global positioning satellite system.

With that project nearly complete, city officials are proposing to expand its scope to include the rest of the city's hydrants and corresponding water valves.

The work would include an additional 5,400 water valves and 1,825 hydrants.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The council will likely approve the contract to complete the hydrant mapping and enhance the system's reliability.

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The City Council will be asked to approve the final portion of a citywide plan to convert all street-lighting systems to low voltage.

The Rossmoyne Project Area is the last remaining section of the city to have 5,000-watt-voltage lighting. The rest of the city has been steadily converted to 240-watt-voltage systems as a way to lessen the cost of maintenance and reduce the number of crews needed to service the lights.

The contract to complete the work is slightly more than $1 million.

For underground conduits, crews plan to use a trenchless method that has resulted in less disruption to other neighborhoods, such as Adams Hill and Bellehurst.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The council will likely approve the contract, which is about $200,000 less than what city engineers had projected.

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The council will consider renewing a contract with a legislative advocacy firm to continue representing the city's interests in Washington, D.C.

The firm, David Turch & Associates, has represented Glendale since 2003.

Over the past several years, the city has received more than $5 million in federal appropriations for a range of projects, including rail crossing safety improvements and communications equipment.

City officials are recommending the council approve an $88,000 contract extension with the firm through June 2009.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The council will likely approve the contract to maintain representation on the federal level.


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