The Santa Barbara City Council on Tuesday will be asked to authorize more than $974,000 for architectural and design services for the new Santa Barbara police headquarters.
The council will consider authorizing an amendment to a professional services agreement with Cearnal Collective LLP. The agreement is for $886,125, with up to $88,613 for extra services that could result from additional work not identified in the scope of work, according to a staff report.
The contract will develop the project design to 30 percent. The first two phases – programming and preferred site selection – have been completed. On Sept. 17, the council approved Cota Commuter Lot as the site for the new police headquarters. The initial study of the site under the California Environmental Quality Act requires a set of 30 percent design drawings, according to the report.
Phase 3 includes architectural and design services. Under the amended contract, Cearnal will have subconsultants provide civil engineering, landscape architecture, energy design and arborist services. The initial study will be performed by third-party consultants and city staff, according to officials.
The council previously approved nearly $35,000 for the programming and more than $194,000 for the site selection. If the proposed contract is approved, the city will have approved more than $1.2 million thus far – all of which comes from Measure C sales tax revenues.
Phase 4 will include design development and construction documents, as well as architectural design services during construction. This phase will be under a separate amendment to the professional services agreement and will include its own scope of work, budget and schedule, according to the staff report.
City staff will return to the council later about a contract with Skanska USA Building for a short-term scope of work as part of the initial study.
In other business Tuesday, the council will take up an ordinance to prevent unauthorized removal of shopping carts from commercial businesses and to facilitate the retrieval of abandoned carts.
“The objective of this proposed Ordinance is to provide a mechanism to place primary responsibility for managing cart service with the owner of the cart and to set requirements for the prompt retrieval of carts that have been taken off business premises,” reads the staff report from the City Attorney’s Office.
In fiscal year 2016-17, the city’s Creeks Division seized 54 carts on city beaches and creeks. Thirty-two carts were seized in fiscal year 2017-18 and 20 carts were seized in fiscal year 2018-19.
California Business and Professions Code permits cities to develop an ordinance with regulations to eliminate abandoned shopping carts within city limits as long as it does not conflict with state law.
“The proposed Ordinance is consistent with State law in making it unlawful to remove a shopping cart from a business premises or to possess it after it has been removed and following all notification and impoundment guidelines,” the staff report reads.
The proposed ordinance requires shopping cart owners to secure their carts during hours when their business is closed and to “conspicuously mark and identify each cart with the name, address, and telephone number of the owner as well as placing a notification on the cart that provides that the removal of the cart from the business premise is a violation of State and Municipal law,” the staff report states.
The ordinance also requires shopping cart owners to submit an annual abandoned shopping cart prevent plan. The city may also enact a plan to review fees to cover administrative costs in reviewing a submittal. Shopping cart owners may also obtain an exemption if they either contract with a licensed retrieval company or install a physical cart containment system.
The ordinance also permits the city to retrieve carts immediately when it is in a location that could impede emergency services or when the cart does not identify the shopping cart owner. If the cart is not impeding or identifies the owner, the city may only remove the abandoned cart 72 hours after giving notice to its owner.
“In the event that a cart has been impounded and the identity of the owner is discernible, the City will provide notice to the owner as to the cart’s location, how the cart may be retrieved, and a warning that the failure to retrieve the cart may result in the cart’s sale or destruction after 30 days per State law,” the report reads. “The City would not be required to provide notice if the identity of the shopping cart’s owner is not provided for on the cart. The cost to retrieve an impounded cart will be based upon the City’s actual costs provided for in the Master Fee Schedule.”
Tuesday’s meeting will begin at 2 p.m. at City Hall, 735 Anacapa St.