Glendale City Council Meeting Wrap-Up

Smart grid project

The City Council authorized a contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to receive $20 million in stimulus funding to help pay for Glendale Water & Power's more than $50 million “smart grid” project.

Approved by the council last summer, the project includes the installation of smart electric meters, which allow for two-way communication with the utility and provide real-time usage data.

WHAT IT MEANS

The shot of federal funds has allowed the utility to accelerate the project and add additional elements.

Storm drain project

The City Council on Tuesday authorized a $497,416-contract for the construction of a storm drain system on San Fernando Road between Thompson and Western avenues.

The council also approved a 20% contingency of $102,584 as the company's bid was far below the engineer's estimate of $800,000.

The storm drain is meant to prevent flooding, which has happened during recent storms, creating a driving hazard, according to a city report.

WHAT IT MEANS

Project construction is set to begin in May and last through August.


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