Blum and Yu to make a decision by June 18.
Written by RAYMOND TRAN / Published May 20, 2011 (ONLINE ONLY)
The Rosemead Boulevard ad hoc committee will select a project management firm for the Rosemead Boulevard Improvement Project by June 18, Temple City Councilman Carl Blum on Tuesday said.
Blum, who was recently appointed to the City Council, made the remarks during the June 15, 2010 city council meeting.
“In the past six weeks, we solicited a request for a project manager or project management firm,” Blum said.
The City Council authorized City Manager Jose Pulido to issue the RFP, or Request for Proposals, in April.
According to Blum, six applications were received by the deadline of June 4.
The councilman also said that he and Councilman Vincent Yu, who also sits on the ad hoc committee, will make a decision on Friday, June 18.
Once a decision has been made, the ad hoc committee members plan to negotiate a fee and a contract. The City Council will then be asked to approve the agreement.
An agreement will likely be made by mid-July or early August, Blum said.
In addition, Blum noted that they were looking at a design proposal for the Project.
“We’re evaluating a proposal for a design of the project,” he said.
A finalized design proposal should be ready by mid-July or early August, Councilman Blum said.
Construction on the Project is targeted for early next year, just as the County of Los Angeles is improving their section of Rosemead Boulevard, Blum said in response to a question by Mayor Pro Tempore Tom Chavez.
The Project was conceived after Temple City acquired Rosemead Boulevard from the state of California in 2008.
Both Councilmembers Blum and Yu were appointed to an ad hoc committee to oversee the Project earlier this year. Since their appointments, both have discussed various improvements, including energy efficient lighting, pedestrian-friendly enhancements, as well as drought landscaping.
An engineering report indicated that the Project would cost about $7 million dollars. Fortunately, the City has received up to $6.3 million in grants, with another $3 million allocated from general reserves.