An ordinance revising bidding procedures for public projects will be discussed by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors at their Tuesday meeting.
Under current county code, contracts for public projects estimated to cost more than $175,000 but less than $187,000 can be awarded through an informal bidding procedure if the board approves it with at least four votes, according to the county Public Works department staff report. The current limits set in the California Public Contract Code state that informal bidding procedures can only be used for projects costing $175,000 or less. The proposed ordinance from Public Works would revise the county code to comply with the limits set in the Public Contract Code and revise the definition of a public project.
Tribal representatives are also scheduled to attend the meeting to give an informational presentation on the upcoming Klamath River Rural Broadband Project.
The project will provide broadband Internet services to rural areas of Northern Humboldt County. Last October, the partnering tribes received a $6.6 million grant from the California Public Utilities Commission through the California Advanced Services Fund to install 82.3 miles of fiber optic cables.
A joint effort between the Karuk and Yurok tribes, the new cable will extend broadband service from Orleans to Weitchpec, Wautec and Orick. Once completed, it will reach 170 businesses and more than 600 households that either currently do not have service or are “underserved.”
”Vital community and government institutions will benefit from the project, including health care facilities, schools, rural fire camps, fire stations, public safety installations, and (several) government offices,” an Oct. 17 Karuk Tribe press release stated.
Later in the meeting, the board will vote on whether they will authorize board chairman and 1st District Supervisor Rex Bohn to sign the contract between the city of Blue Lake and the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. Through the three-year contract, Blue Lake will receive law enforcement services from the sheriff's office. A similar contract was signed in 2008 after the Blue Lake dismantled its police department.
The board will then adjourn and convene as the Governing Board of the Humboldt County In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority to appoint new members to the Advisory Committee on In-Home Supportive Services.
County Administrative Officer Phillip Smith-Hanes will also give a report on federal legislative activities compiled by the county's legislative advocates, Waterman & Associates. The report will summarize legislative activities and decisions that took place during 2013.
If you go:
What: Board of Supervisors meeting
When: 9 a.m. Tuesday
Where: Supervisors' chamber, first floor, Humboldt County Courthouse, 825 Fifth St., Eureka
The full agenda can be viewed online at http://co.humboldt.ca.us/board
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