Council to weigh contracts Monday

The La Cañada Flintridge City Council will consider approving a number of proposed city contracts during a 7 p.m. Monday meeting at City Hall.

A contract for $26,527 would pay for consultants to study the inner-workings of the city’s Planning Department and propose ways to make the permit review process more user-friendly for builders and residents. Work would be done by a team from Urban Futures Inc. and Hogle Ireland Inc., including former Arcadia City Manager Bill Kelly and former Irvine Planning Director Mike Thiele.

City officials will also consider extending a contract for traffic engineering services at a rate of $125,000 per year. That’s the same amount as the city’s current contract, which cost about 30% more than in recent years due to increased demand.

A contract extension with All City Management Services would increase the cost of crossing guard services from $75,000 per year to $79,879, allowing for an additional guard for La Cañada Elementary summer school classes.

Renewal of a contract with the Pasadena Humane Society would increase the cost of animal control services by 1.8% to $81,600, with collection of dog licenses and other fees expected to reduce the actual cost to taxpayers to just over $48,000.

The cost of janitorial services for city buildings and parks would also increase, due to a $159 surcharge to offset increased fuel prices. A one-year contract extension with D.H Maintenance would set a new price of $1,824 per month.

Other contract extensions include deals with CleanStreet Inc. to continue paying $10,900 per month for street sweeping services and with Nature’s Image Inc. to hold the price of city trail maintenance steady at roughly $63,000 per year.

Also on the agenda for Monday is a change to zoning code regarding property-line setbacks for fireplaces and a council discussion about the state’s plans to eliminate redevelopment agencies.

The City Council agenda and links to agenda reports are posted at City Hall is located at 1327 Foothill Blvd.

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