The Eureka City Council will meet today to vote on a number of housekeeping items, including the allocation of $3.9 million for a Martin Slough project change order that will save $1 million and nearly $120,000 for a new sidewalk at Washington Elementary School.

The Martin Slough Force Main project, which was already budgeted for using wastewater bonds, would complete a project to the Elk River Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Staff recommends the council approve a contract change order with Apex Directional Drilling to add about $3.6 million to the existing contract and to authorize an additional $300,000 to provide a contingency of approximately 8 percent for the work, according to a staff report. The revisions will save more than $1 million.

The project was previously split into the Force Main Drill project and the Force Main Trenching project for bidding and construction purposes. After rejecting a bid for the trenching portion in June, staff redesigned the project to reduce costs, a report states.

The council also will consider funding a new sidewalk at Washington Elementary School.

According to a staff report, about 500 linear feet of sidewalk in front of the elementary school will be relocated to provide a safer drop off/pick-up area, straighten the path of travel and increase the buffer zone between moving vehicles and pedestrians.

Construction on the project, originally part of a Safe Routes to School grant, is slated to begin in summer 2014.

In other business, the council will vote on a resolution that would increase Eureka Transit Service single bus fares by 15 cents, monthly passes by $3, and a day pass by 35 cents on Jan. 1, and appropriate about $32,400 to cover Eureka's portion of increased operating expenses for Humboldt Transit Authority, which the city contracts with for bus service.

According to a staff report, the increase is due to an increase in HTA health insurance costs. In September, HTA was notified that its medical insurance premiums for employees are increasing by 29 percent effective Jan. 1, the report said. The last fare increase of 10 cents per ride was adopted in August 2012.

If the resolution is not approved, the report recommends staff work with HTA to reduce service by 1.8 vehicle hours per day.

The council will also consider a resolution that would create an Economic Development-Ad Hoc Committee to advise the council on issues related to the economic health and development of the city, according to a staff report. If the resolution is approved, staff recommends the council authorize Mayor Frank Jager to appoint seven members to the committee.


What: Eureka City Council meeting

Where: City Council chambers, 531 K St.

When: Today at 6 p.m.

Lorna Rodriguez can be reached at 441-0506 or Follow her on Twitter @LornaARodriguez.