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    13.    
City Council Regular
Meeting Date: 10/24/2017  

SUBJECT:
AUTHORIZE A PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH RINCON CONSULTANTS, INC. TO PREPARE CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT (CEQA) DOCUMENTATION AND SUPPORTING TECHNICAL STUDIES FOR THE GODDARD SCHOOL PROJECT
RECOMMENDATION:
Authorize the execution of a one-year Professional Services Agreement with Rincon Consultants, Inc. for a total not-to-exceed amount of $76,369 through June 30, 2018, with a one-year renewal option to provide environmental consulting services for the Goddard School project.
BACKGROUND/ANALYSIS:
The proposed Goddard School project will consist of an approximately 10,587-square foot child daycare facility. The child daycare facility will include nine classrooms for children ranging from ages 12-months to 5-years old and will also include two play areas. The proposed project is located on an approximately 1.36-acre vacant parcel on the southwest corner of Pomona Rincon Road and Picasso Drive.
 
Rincon Consultants, Inc. will be conducting the environmental review for the project in accordance with CEQA and the City’s CEQA implementation policies and guidelines, including the preparation of the necessary CEQA documentation and related technical studies, which at this time are anticipated to be as follows: 
  • Noise and Acoustic Study
  • Air Quality/Greenhouse Gas Study
  • Biological Assessment/Resource Study
  • Cultural Resource Study
  • Traffic Impact Analysis
It is anticipated that an Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) will be required for the proposed project.
 
Rincon Consultants, Inc. was one of two consultants that submitted a proposal on the project after it was sent out to three firms on the City's approved On-call Environmental and Planning Related Consultant Services Request for Qualifications (RFQ) list. Rincon Consultants, Inc. has a high level of experience and expertise with preparing related environmental documents for projects within the City.  Their proposed cost is competitive and consistent with the cost for recent environmental reviews in the City by other consultants.
ENVIRONMENTAL (CEQA) REVIEW:
This action of approving is not a project within the meaning of the California Environmental Quality Act (California Public Resources Code §§ 21000, et seq., “CEQA”) and CEQA Guidelines (Title 14 California Code of Regulations §§ 15000, et seq.) Section 15378 and is therefore exempt from CEQA.  It will not result in any direct or indirect physical change in the environment because it is only a preliminary action required in order to study the proposed project.  
FISCAL IMPACT:
The applicant has submitted sufficient funds into a City trust account to cover the cost of the consultant. There is no impact to the City General Fund.
REVIEWED BY OTHERS:
This item has been reviewed by the Finance Director.
Attachments
Rincon PSA (Goddard School)

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