Lakeport moves forward with park construction project – Lake County Record-Bee

LAKEPORT — The Lakeport City Council has approved a contract with Builder Solutions, Inc. (BSI) for $4.4 million to begin construction of the lakefront park.

Lakeport City Manager Kevin Ingram said the city will also enter into an agreement with a qualified labor compliance consultant for this project for $100,000 because it is such a large-scale project.

There were only two bidders for this project, with BSI being the lowest bidder on the project. The other bidder, Granite Construction Company, came in at around $5.4 million.

During the tender process, a protest was received from Granite Construction as BSI failed to provide the Public Works Contractors Registration (PWCR) number for themselves and any sub-contractors.

City staff determined that this fact was immaterial because they were able to confirm PWCR numbers through the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) online registration portal.

Construction on this project is expected to begin by mid-September and expected to be completed by the end of January 2023, Ingram said. The project, according to the grant from the California Department of Parks and Recreation, is to be completed by June 2024.

The project includes construction of a basketball court, wading pool, skate park, concession building with restrooms, shade structures, picnic areas, fitness, a pavilion, lighting, irrigation and landscaping.

In other council business, Lakeport City Council received an update on current drought conditions and reviewed existing water conservation measures due to current weather conditions.

Lakeport Utilities Superintendent Paul Harris said that in anticipation of prolonged drought conditions, city staff are considering developing a more comprehensive drought response plan.

The plan would establish specific thresholds and response measures tailored directly to the needs of the public water supply system. This will be in development over the next six months.

“The plan would be more comprehensive and have trigger levels for actions to conserve water based on current drought circumstances,” Harris said.

Development of the plan would include public workshops and meetings with key stakeholder groups. The City of Lakeport gets its water from two sources: Clear Lake and the Scotts Valley Groundwater Basin, Harris added. During the summer months, the city draws water from the Scotts Valley Groundwater Basin.

Harris said the city’s water system remains in good shape to meet current and future demands. The current conservation methods used have succeeded in reducing water consumption by 9% compared to 2021.

“Due to current water conservation measures, there has been a 9% decrease in reduction this year compared to last year,” Harris said.

The council also received an after-action report from the Lakeport Police Department regarding the July 4 fireworks operation.

Lakeport Police Chief Brad Rasmussen said the Lakeport Police Department has deployed all of its personnel

In the 30 days surrounding the 4th of July event, the highest use of illegal fireworks occurred two days before the 4th of July celebration.

While illegal fireworks remained a significant and concerning issue this year, it was no different from previous years.

“This has been a recognized problem for decades. Many illegal fireworks have been set off around the library grounds. We really haven’t been able to handle these issues due to other public safety issues. said Rasmussen.

This year, a grass fire was started near the Vista Point Visitor Center in Lakeport due to illegal fireworks. There have been five arrests or detentions related to fireworks this year.

“There was also a debris fire in the dumpster where the Kmart building was located,” Rasmussen said.

The Lakeport Police Department seized more than 380 illegal fireworks.

The next regular meeting of the municipal council will take place on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at 6 p.m.

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