Extension of OUT Zone Program will Require Extension of Barricades and Banners

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Out Zone Program - Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

At its regular city council meeting on December 6, 2021, City staff was directed to extend the OUT Zone Program for an additional 12-month period which would allow businesses to continue to operate outdoors on private and public property, including sidewalks and parklets as permitted through the OUT Zone program. The extension will also require mending the agreement for services with Southern California Barricades for monthly rental fees of concrete barriers and labor costs and amending the agreement for services with AAA Flag and Banner for barricade covers for the OUT Zone Parklet Program to modify the scope of services, increase the not-to- exceed amount of the agreement and extend the term of the agreement to December 31, 2022.

The City Council will consider extending the contracts at its regular city council meeting on Monday, December 20, 2021, recommended by Staff.

The council will consider the following recommendations:

1. Approve Amendment No. 2 to the agreement for services with Southern California Barricades to modify the scope of services, increase the amount of the agreement by $210,890 for a total not to exceed amount of $435,890 and extend the term of the agreement to December 31, 2022.

2. Approve Amendment No. 3 to the agreement for services with AAA Flag & Banner to increase the amount of the agreement by $20,000 for a total not to exceed amount of $125,000 and extend the term of the agreement to December 31, 2022.

3. Authorize the City Manager or designee to execute documents incident to the agreement.

In August 2020, the City entered into an agreement for services with Southern California Barricades for $74,900 to pay for the concrete barrier (k-rail) rentals and labor costs, and entered into an agreement for services with AAA Flag and Banner for $75,000 to pay for the production and installation of vinyl adhesive banners to brand the concrete barriers associated with the OUT Zone Parklet Program, a temporary program that transforms curbside parking spaces into outdoor dining and shopping areas for businesses to safely expand their operations outdoors while the Health Order restricts indoor operations to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The first phase of the OUT Zone Parklet Program was installed in August 2020. Six subsequent phases of the program have been installed since May 2021 resulting in the addition of 30 city-sponsored parklets and approximately 1,500 linear feet of OUT Zone branded k-rail to promote business operations.

In February 2021, the City Council approved an amendment to the agreement for services with Southern California Barricades that extended the contract to December 31, 2021 and increased the amount of the agreement by $150,100 for a total not to exceed amount of $225,000.

In June 2021, the City Council approved an amendment to the agreement for services with AAA Flag and Banner that extended the contract to December 31, 2021 and increased the amount of the agreement by $30,000 for a total not to exceed amount of $105,000.

According to a City Staff report the city has spent nearly $480,000 on the OUT Zone program to provide businesses additional outdoor space to operate in the public right of way. This expenditure covers the rental costs of the concrete barricades required to protect diners and pedestrians from traffic, the branding costs for the OUT Zone program, and the costs incurred during the OUT On Robertson Program.

A 12-month extension to the OUT Zone program would require an additional $210,890 in city expenditures to continue to lease the safety infrastructure provided to 28 businesses that are currently operating a parklet in curbside parking lanes, necessitating an amendment to the agreement for services with Southern California Barricades to increase the total not-to-exceed amount of $435,890 for a one-year extension.

Subsequently, an extension to the banner contract is needed to maintain barrier branding through the next 12 months, requiring an additional $20,000 in city expenditures to address normal weathering issues and to de-install banners once the temporary program has concluded, necessitating an amendment to the agreement for services with AAA Flag and Banner to increase the total not-to-exceed amount of $125,000 for a one-year extension.

Businesses participating in the OUT Zone program continue to report a high demand for outdoor seating. An extension to the program will provide businesses additional flexibility to host clients and patrons outdoors, as well as provide them with additional time to determine their future outdoor operations given the forthcoming standards and fees to be developed by staff and approved by City Council.

Monday, December 20, 2021, regular City Council Meeting begins at 6:00 pm. The meeting will be conducted via videoconference (Zoom).

To view the agenda packet and learn ways to participate click here.

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Kip Thomas
Kip Thomas
6 months ago

The yellow water-filled barriers are full of rotting garbage. The city has been informed and does nothing.