SH City Council awards Calbrisas Park playground-construction contract

Landscape Structures, Inc. plan to complete two new play structures and ADA-compliant surfacing at park by spring.


Courtesy City of SH

A rendering of a new playground that Landscape Structures, Inc. will build in Calbrisas Park, at 2451 California Ave., after being awarded a construction contract by the Signal Hill City Council on Sept. 25.

With a quorum of three members at its Sept. 25 meeting, the Signal Hill City Council approved a playground-construction contract and a purchasing ordinance. It also presented recognitions for Concerts in the Park sponsors and volunteers and awards for sustainability efforts.

Calbrisas playground
The council approved a contract with Landscape Structures, Inc. to resurface the play area at Calbrisas Park and replace aging playground equipment. The half-acre park at 2451 California Ave. is adjacent to the 92-unit Las Brisas affordable-housing community.
Kelli Tunnicliff, public-works director, said the contracted company will replace two play structures originally built in 2005 and install 2,683 square feet of new ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)-compliant safety surfacing. One of the new play structures is designed for children from ages 5 to 12 and the other for 2- to 5-year-olds.

Tunnicliff said the project is part of the City’s 2018-2019 capital-improvement program. She explained that some additional funding is needed because, though the contract price of $207,475 comes in below the budgeted total of $214,412, the budget didn’t leave an adequate 10-percent contingency.

“The construction environment continues to be unpredictable,” Tunnicliff said. “The contract price actually was $12,635 higher than originally projected, which diminished our original contingency.”

The council, therefore, also approved moving $13,811 to the project from the City’s capital-improvement reserve fund to ensure an adequate contingency for a revised total project cost of $228,223.

Tunnicliff said that construction would begin once equipment is delivered in December and would be completed by spring 2019.

Aly Mancini, community services director, said Landscape Structures had also built playground equipment at Reservoir Park, which she said has proven to be “very popular” and has had no maintenance issues.

Councilmember Edward Wilson asked Landscape Structures representative Nate Stutz, who was present at the meeting, about the longevity of the new equipment, given that the old equipment is being replaced after only 13 years.

“Landscape Structures equipment is definitely built to last,” Stutz said. “Probably closer to around 20 to 30 years rather than 13 years, with proper maintenance and depending on volume of usage.”

Stuzt said that, in addition, the City could opt to replace component parts of the playground equipment at any time rather than replace the entire structure.
“It’s definitely an added benefit for the lifetime cost of the playground,” he said, adding that the structure also comes with material warranties ranging from 15 to 100 years.

Wilson commented that the new playground is something local residents have wanted for some time.

“There should be more smiling faces at the park soon,” he said.

Purchasing ordinance
The council conducted a second reading amending the City’s municipal code to allow cooperative-purchasing agreements and master “on-call” agreements.

Specifically, ordinance 2018-09-1502 amends sections 3.20.100 and 3.20.195 of the municipal code and adds sections 3.20.220 and 3.20.230 related to purchasing.

Deputy City Manager Hannah Shin-Heydorn had explained at the council’s Sept. 11 meeting that the City’s municipal code regarding purchasing guidelines had not been updated since 1989 and did not reflect more modern and efficient purchasing and contracting practices.
While the council had generally approved the principles behind the changes, it only supported the ordinance with a reduced threshold amount of $100,000 instead of $175,000 that staff could contract without council approval.

“Based on city council direction at the meeting of Sept. 11, the proposed ordinance has been amended to establish a $100,000 limit for individual contracts awarded under on-call agreements for maintenance of public works,” Shin-Heydorn said at this week’s meeting.
Councilmembers had no further questions at the second reading and approved the ordinance.


The council, along with the Signal Hill Community Foundation (SHCF), recognized the volunteers and sponsors of this year’s Concerts in the Park, which featured different musical artists for each week of the series from July 11 to Aug. 15.

“The 2018 Concerts in the Park series was a tremendous success,” Vice Mayor Larry Forester said.

The council and SHCF recognized sponsors at the meeting, including Signal Hill Petroleum, LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn’s office, Neena Strichart of the Signal Tribune newspaper, Terry Rogers of Coldwell Banker and Melissa Guy from the Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce.

Other sponsors not present included other restaurants, businesses and organizations, such as Simplus Management Corp., EDCO, the Port of Long Beach and the City of Long Beach Gas and Oil Department.

In addition, many individual volunteers were recognized, several of whom were at the meeting.

Forester then presented awards to Copeland and Dave Dressler, a community representative on the Sustainable City Committee, for their efforts in promoting sustainable practices as part of that committee, earning the City a Beacon Program award.

“The Beacon Program is sponsored by the Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative of the League of California Cities and honors the efforts of local governments to reduce greenhouse gases, save energy and promote sustainability,” Forester said. “This year, the City of Signal Hill received two spotlight awards– one for energy savings and one for sustainable best practices.”

Conference report

Several councilmembers shared their experiences at the League of California Cities (LCC) annual conference this month.

Wilson, Forester, City Treasurer Larry Blunden and City Clerk Keir Jones said they discussed issues that are becoming important to Signal Hill and other cities, including distribution of tax revenue from internet sales, affordable housing, marijuana regulation, 5G wireless-technology implementation and LGBTQ workplace concerns.

Forester announced this was his final participation in the LCC and its Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Local Officials Caucus, for which he produced a handbook with Blunden on transgender workplace issues.

“I would like to recognize Larry [Forester] and Larry [Blunden],” Jones said. “They’ve done a lot of work on their transgender guide. […] They’re really leading the way from a municipal level, helping other cities understand what’s coming down the pike as far as transgender in the workplace. That’ll be a guide for our nonprofits and other businesses in California going forward.”

The next Signal Hill City Council meeting will take place Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 7pm in the council chamber at 2175 Cherry Ave.