Council OKs more funding for undergrounding projects

Requests for construction bids are out for North Hills and Sunset district projects, which will put utility lines below ground.

On Monday, the Del Mar City Council approved a request from the city manager’s office to increase the budgets for the projects.

The city is seeking separate bids and combined bids, hoping for savings with an economy of scale.

Assistant City Manager Mark Delin explained at Monday night’s City Council meeting that more money is needed to pay for construction management and pre-construction project coordination.

“I don’t feel it is going to be effectively managed by the city manager’s office – we are extremely busy,” Delin said. “I think the residents deserve some good, professional management on this.”

He said his office had assumed those responsibilities in past undergrounding projects, but that these are much larger than previous ones.

Tom Frank of the Infrastructure Engineering Corp., who was Del Mar’s assistant city manager from 1996 to 2001, was secured by the city manager’s office to take on these responsibilities.

Frank said he and his company recently completed three undergrounding districts in Solana Beach.

The city agreed to increase the North Hills District budget by $53,000, making the total $310,000 and by $42,000 for the Sunset District, bringing it to $126,000. The funds will come from the city’s capital reserve fund.

The residents of these districts will vote in December about going forward with undergrounding the utility lines. If approved, the residents of those districts will reimburse the city.

Some funds have already been collected by the city to cover the costs in the form of deposits from district residents.

“I hope this is the last time we’re asked to advance the money for this project prior to the vote,” Councilman Don Mosier said.

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