The City Council of Cathedral City approved the awarding of a soil removal contract to Stice Company Inc. in the amount of $3,967,966 for the for removal of approximately 150,000 cubic yards of soil from affected areas due to Tropical Storm Hilary.
As part of the contract, the City Council approved a fifteen percent (15%) contingency in the amount of $595,195 for any unforeseeable costs. This brings the total soil removal budget for this project to $4,563,162. The action authorizes the City Manager to execute the required contract documents and authorizes the City Engineer to request bonds and insurance for the project.
The contract approval took place at the regular meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023. Council also approved $1.06 million in task orders related to cleanup after Tropical Storm Hilary at the regular meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023.
Due to unprecedented rainfall and flooding of local roadways, City Manager Charles McClendon declared a local emergency due to the critically dangerous impacts of Tropical Storm Hilary. The City Council of Cathedral City approved and ratified the emergency order at the regular meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023.
On Sept. 14, 2023, Governor Gavin Newsom sent a request to President Biden for a major disaster declaration for the State of California and additional hazard mitigation statewide. On Sept. 19, 2023, a bipartisan delegation of California leaders sent President Biden a letter urging the President to approve a FEMA major disaster declaration for the areas impacted by Tropical Storm Hilary. The City Council and a delegation of local business leaders also sent letters advocating for the President to approve the Federal disaster declaration.
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