STATE ROUTE 62 IMPROVEMENT PROJECT, APACHE TO EAST OF PALM AVENUE, RAISED MEDIAN ISLANDS, CURBS, GUTTERS, SIDEWALKS AND STREET LIGHTING- November 2010 Announcement link
Business owners, property owners, and the public were invited to attend a public information and outreach meeting to learn about the project. The project was expected to get started in the following February of 2011.
I attended this meeting and remember my disappointment because there were no announcements and a great deal of Staff time and assets were wasted. This project has been on the drawing board for many years involving Cal-Trans, the Town of Yucca Valley, and the Yucca Valley Redevelopment Agency. Yucca Valley Sidewalk Story link
In re-reading my earlier posts, I see the consulting firm RBF has been involved in this project since 2006 and their contract has really ballooned! This saga has gone on for ages! Their original contract started at $175,480 and was recently bumped up with another change order to bring the total contract to $742,069.00!
This project has been on the drawing board since 2006:
04-12-2006, Town Council advertised for Requests for Proposal to prepare the Project Study Report.
06-28-2007, Town Council awarded a contract to RBF Consulting, Inc. in the amount of $72, 500 of the proposed fee of $175, 480 consulting with the balance to be awarded upon funds by the Federal Highway Administration.
Here are the change orders since Town Manager, Mark Nuaimi, has been involved with this project:
12-21-2010, Amendment #3, increasing compensation for $36,808 bringing RBF total compensation to $654, 539, for additional tasks.
04-05-2011, Amendment #4, increase compensation another $35, 560 for additional services required by Caltrans, bringing the RBF total compensation for their services to $689,699.
12-06-2011, Amendment #5, another increase for services required by Cal Trans in the amount of $26, 440, bringing RBF total compensation to $716,139.
11-20-2012, Amendment #6, increase to RBF proposal of September 13, 2012, requesting additional compensation in the amount of $25, 930 for additional tasks, bringing the total compensation to $742,069.
The Executive Summary states, “New requirements by Caltrans and additional right of way acquisition services necessitate additional tasks and services by the Consultant to complete the planning and design documents and to obtain Caltrans approval.” The Staff report provided additional tasks with the proposed amendment to be approved by the Town Council adding, “(they) could not be anticipated at the beginning of the PS&E phase.”
Pretty sweet deal to start out at $175,480 bumped up to $742,069, right? “Who is RBF?” Story link
Is this part of the “Overtime Hours” the Yucca Valley citizens had to pay for the Town Manager?
Margo Sturges Author link
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