Council approves plans, reports, time table for community center
There were eight other items on the agenda dealing with the Community Center and Library at the July 19 Pleasanton City Council meeting .
Among those other items was council’s unanimous decision to keep the existing floor plan for the library, with the exclusion of the ramps if necessary. Mayor Powell explained if they are not needed, it will save a ton of money. He clarified that if the center section comes out, like Option 2, with the elevation they may not need the ramps. If they need them so be it, but if they do not then that is okay as well.
The council also voted unanimously to direct the city manager, city attorney and architect to provide options for finalizing the July 28, 2011, plans approved by voters for construction of the Community Center and Library and to provide a written report to council no later than August 2, 2012.
The next item, which also passed unanimously, was to direct City Manager Pearson to provide copies of the July 28, 2011 Community Center and Library plans and renderings to interested city councilmembers no later than August 2.
The council also voted unanimously to have City Manager Pearson give information at the next meeting on the different procurement methods. Coronado suggested he provide them with descriptions, along with the pros and cons.
The city manager, city attorney and architect were also directed by council to provide a construction time table for construction of the center and library, and to provide a written construction time table to council no later than August 2. Gallegos said he wanted to move forward. Pearson said an appropriate time table for construction will be at the time the design consultant finishes the plans and has them sealed for construction. This is one of the responsibilities of the consultant, noted Pearson. Gallegos said his motion stands. If it is not August 2, then as soon as possible, said Gallegos.
Also approved was for the city manager, city attorney and architect to provide a construction time table for the exterior (outside civil surface and subsurface) construction improvements to the center and library project and to provide a written improvements description and construction time table to the council no later than August 2, 2012.
Again, Gallegos said if it was available by that time great, if not a later time was fine. Israel said that she supported Gallegos wanting to expedite the process. However, she wanted him to take out August 2, as she did not think they could get all of that information by that time. Gallegos said he would not change his motion. A later date was fine by him. Gallegos said he just did not want to drag on. Pearson said if the architect finishes the plans by August 2, it would obviously have the time table, drawings, as well as estimated cost. Pearson thought it was unrealistic to have those ready August 2. If they have the plans by Labor Day, they should be happy, said Pearson. Magel agreed that more time was needed and it was unrealistic. Powell said he also thought it was unrealistic, but if he does not have them done, he does not have them done. At least it was giving him something to shoot for, said Powell.
The city manager was also directed to provide procurement options for the construction of the center and library and to provide a written report to council, before on or after August 2, 2012.
Lastly, councilmembers unanimously directed the city manager to provide financing options for the construction of the center and library and to provide a written report to council on or before, or after August 2, 2012.
Gallegos said this was about where the money was going to come from. Israel said she believes the city has the ability to pay for this with cash. She wanted Pearson to provide that option and give them direction on that. Pearson suggested they get the plans finished first. He asked them to see what the cost is going to be.
Gallegos repeated he was serious about not delaying or stalling the project anymore. He was also grateful the city is in the financial situation it is currently in. Coronado ended by saying Finance Director Helen Martinez provided her with a financial statement showing that in the general fund, the city is currently $1.5 million in the black for this fiscal year alone.