residential blocks in Santa Monica’s north of Montana area were recently
adorned with new street light poles to the tune of almost $155,000.
wanted to lodge a protest to the City Council about the assessed cost of
installing the new lights had an opportunity to do so March 12. Interestingly
enough, no residents participated in the public hearing and Council members
formally confirmed the assessed costs.
members in 2008 created streetlight assessment districts from Fifteenth Street
from Alta Avenue to Montana Avenue and Urban Avenue
from Yorkshire Avenue to Dorchester Avenue. Within those two districts, New
York-style streetlights were installed as part of a “collaborative effort”
between City Hall and area residents “to provide enhanced street lighting on
15th Street from Montana Avenue to Alta Avenue.”
“The project constructed
new ornamental style street light poles, post-top luminaires, and the associated
underground electrical system,” City staff stated.
Construction was complete
in May 2012 and the total cost of the project was $154,932.09. City Hall spent $79,642.35
on the project while property owners contributed $75,289.74. Notice of
completion was issued two months later.
According to State law,
the City Council was required to hold a public hearing to determine whether
anyone protested or objected to the final cost assessment. That hearing was
officially held March 12 as part of the council’s sole public meeting this
members approved the cost assessment after no one approached the dais in
protest or objection.
all, 10 ornamental New York-style aluminum street light poles were installed in
the small neighborhood near Fifteenth Street and Montana Avenue. City staff
added 26 properties were affected by the installation of the street lights.
Affected property owners
were informed of the hearing on Jan. 24.
With the council adopting
the resolution confirming the assessment costs, City Hall can now move forward
in billing the property owners “for their share of the costs based on the front
footage of their property.”
According to City staff,
the total cost of the project is $100.46 per linear foot. City Hall is
responsible for $50.23 per linear foot, which was below the estimated $53.50
the City of Santa Monica expected to pay when the assessment districts were
“Property owners have the
option of paying in full within 30 days after being invoiced, or through a
bonding company selected by the contractor over a ten-year period at an annual
interest rate of 3.25 percent,” City staff stated. “The calculated rate is
based on per linear front footage multiplied by $50.23. The property
owners have the option to pay off their assessments later, even if they elect a
payment schedule initially.”
Only property owners are
billed by City Hall. Those who own controlled units are not permitted to pass
the bill on to their tenants.
Design of the street
lights cost $4,900, while construction cost $132,116.13. The bill for
construction management and administrative fees was $17,915.96.
When the council approved
the construction contract in August 2011, the total project cost was estimated
at more than $175,000.
Electric, Inc., was selected to complete the project.
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