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Wednesday, Oct 10 2012 09:30 AM

October declared 'Paint Our Town Pink' month

The Tehachapi City Council held its regular meeting on Monday October, 1 with all board members present.

Mayor Ed Grimes presented a proclamation to Links for Life representatives Mary Van Blake and Joanna Burman, declaring October, Paint our Town Pink Month.

The designation will signifying the passion that cancer survivors, their families, and loved ones feel for the eradication of this disease.

As part of the City Clerk's report, the question was raised as to the street closure time for the Oct. 31 Trunk Or Treat event, which according t the application is to take place from 6 to 8 p.m., but does not make reference to street closures.

It was determined that Green Street and F Street will be closed from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. to prepare for, and hold the event.

City Engineer Jay Schlosser presented the results of a rebid for the Alta Estates construction to improve the roads with in the tract.

The project generally includes street, sidewalk, and permitter fencing improvements. The bids were opened on Sept. 13, and range from $1,045,903.57 to $1,498,585.00.

The council voted unanimously to award the project to low-bidder Burtch Construction and authorized the City Manager Greg Garrett to approve any necessary change orders to a maximum of five percent of the contract value. Funds to pay for the project will come from the settlement with Bond Safeguard when the original developer of the project went bankrupt.

Schlosser also presented the council with bids for the C Street Waterline Project. The project is to improve domestic and fire suppression services with in the area as well as reduce the mounting maintenance expenses that have been experienced over the past several years.

Staff opened the bids ranging from $187,160 to $305,418 on September 20. The contract was awarded to HPS Mechanical, Inc., with provisions allowing Garrett to approve change orders up to a maximum of five percent of the original contract amount.

Finally, Police Chief Jeff Kermode gave a brief report on graffiti occurring within the city in recent weeks, and how the city had now organized a new system to track it better, as well as finding those responsible.

Kermode noted how graffiti is a community wide issue, and the need to have it reported as quickly as possible.

Residents can report graffiti, by calling the Tehachapi Police Department at 661-822-2222, and pressing 1. Or by dialing 9-1-1 if you see it occurring.

The meeting lasted just under an hour, with next month's meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. on October 15 at the Beekay Theater.

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