This message is being sent on behalf of City Manager Shasa Curl
Hon. Mayor and Members of the City Council:
This is the report for the week ending July 22nd, 2022.
The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 26th, 2022. Closed Session begins at 4:00 PM, followed by the Special Meeting of the Richmond Housing Authority at 6:25 PM. The Regular Meeting of the Richmond City Council begins at 6:30 PM, and the agenda may be found by clicking this link: July 26th City Council meeting.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Monkeypox Updates
The following information is an ongoing list of resources and significant updates regarding COVID-19. Please click on the images or visit the hyperlinks below for further information.
Impact to City Services and Facilities
Health Information and Community Resources
Contra Costa County Coronavirus Updates
California Department of Public Health
Monkeypox is a rare disease that is caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. It belongs to the same family of viruses as smallpox, although monkeypox tends to be milder than smallpox. Monkeypox spreads to through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact. The virus can be spread from the time symptoms start until all sores, including scabs, have healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed. This can take several weeks.
Contra Costa County Health Services has a limited supply of the monkeypox vaccine and is currently offering it to people at higher risk of exposure. Contra Costa Health recommends that anyone who has had a potential exposure to monkeypox call 925-313-6740 for an appointment at an upcoming vaccination clinic.
For further information regarding monkeypox, please view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Contra Costa Health Services websites. Please click on the images or links below for further information.
PG&E Virtual Safety Town Hall
The City Manager’s Office, Economic Development, is excited to announce an interactive virtual town hall with PG&E on Thursday, July 28th from 12 NOON-1:30 PM to discuss plans for reducing wildfire risks in Contra Costa County.
During this webinar, attendees will have a chance to ask questions and share feedback with the PG&E team including a Regional Vice President, and to learn more about:
Efforts to underground more powerlines
PG&E’s expanded safety settings program and planned improvements
Progress on system upgrades to prevent wildfires
Additional customer resources to prepare for wildfire season and potential outages
Time/Date: 12 NOON – 1:30 P.M., Thursday, July 28
Click this link to join: bit.ly/3m9KW3j
Attendee Dial-in: (888) 324-8123
Conference ID: 1563451
To access the webinar event or view recordings of past wildfire safety webinars you can also visit pge.com/firesafetywebinars.
Find more resources from PG&E at www.richmondenvironment.org.
Special Event at Richmond Art Center
Rebel Art: Emmy Lou Packard’s Legacy
Artist Panel Discussion | FREE
Friday, July 29, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA
Art historian, curator, and writer Terezita Romo will facilitate an artist panel discussion that explores Emmy Lou Packard’s artistic and social legacy in the Bay Area. Artist panelists are Miranda Bergman, Elaine Chu, and Lucía González Ippolito.
This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Emmy Lou Packard: Artist of Conscience.
Wearing a mask is required to attend. No RSVP necessary.
Event link: https://richmondartcenter.org/events/rebel-art-emmy-lou-packards-legacy/
For more information contact Amy Spencer, Richmond Art Center, email@example.com
7th Annual Scholar Celebration: Open To The Community!
Richmond Promise is thrilled to invite all to our 7th Annual Scholar Celebration on July 30th from 11:00 AM -2:00 PM at the Richmond Civic Center Plaza! For our first in-person return, we’ll be transforming Civic Center Plaza into a thriving college quad to honor and celebrate the incredible achievements and potential of our recent alumni, the entire Richmond Promise Scholar student body, and - in particular - our newest cohort of 419 Scholars starting their higher education journey in Fall 2022!
Festivities will feature booths hosted by local colleges and universities, including U.C. Berkeley, Contra Costa College, Berkeley City College, Diablo Valley College, San Francisco State University, and more. The Richmond Promise’s quad experience will also include games and activities, performances, Curbside Kitchen food truck, community resources, and a traditional ceremony recognizing members of the organization’s 7th scholar cohort.
Registration for the event is free and open to the public. We hope you’ll join us!
Please RSVP at tinyurl.com/22ScholarCelebration .
City Clerk’s Office
November 8th Election News
The nomination period opens July 18 through August 12, 2022.
Seats up for election: Mayor, Council Districts 2, 3, and 4.
Contact the City Clerk’s Office to make an appointment to pull nomination papers at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (510) 620-6513, Ext. 9
New Public Records Request Portal
The Clerk’s Office is happy to announce the launching of NextRequest for electronic processing of public records requests.
Link to the portal: https://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/4331/Public-Records-Request
City Manager’s Chronicles
Meetings and events of note in the past week include the following:
Participated in the July 19th City Council Special Meeting and Regular Meeting
Reviewed numerous agenda staff reports in preparation for the July 26th City Council meeting
Met with Robert Stevens, Director of Community Development Lina Velasco, and Senior Business Assistant Officer Lizeht Zepeda to discuss Terminal 3
Toured the city and documented several locations with blight and illegal dumping concerns
Participated in the Hilltop District Neighborhood Council meeting
Met with Assistant Chief of Police Louie Tirona, Director of Community Development Lina Velasco, and Interim Director of Library and Community Services LaShonda White to discuss interventions for the unhoused
Met with Ilaf Esuf, Senior Field Representative for Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, Project Manager Gabino Arredondo and Executive Assistant Irene Lozano
Continued one-on-one weekly meetings with members of the City Council, community members, the Management Leadership Team, Department Heads in our one-on-one check-ins, City Attorney’s Office, and various City staff members.
City Manager’s Office
California Clean Air Day Microgrant Applications NOW OPEN
The City Manager’s Office, Economic Development, is excited to announce that the California Clean Air Day Microgrant Applications are now open. The Coalition for Clean Air is offering microgrants of up to $1000 to throw an event to drive action towards clean air during California Clean Air Day on October 5th, 2022.
Examples of events they’ve funded include art projects, electric vehicle test drives, transit parties, tree plantings, community bike rides, no idling campaigns, open street events, transit appreciation giveaways, and more - there's no limit to what you can do!
For more information, eligibility requirements, and to apply, visit CCAir Microgrant Application. Applications are due by August 10, 2022, at 5 PM. To sign up for Clean Air Day and sign the Organizational Pledge, visit CCAir Pledge.
Micro Business Grant $2,500 – Application is OPEN
The California Office of the Small Business Advocate has awarded funding for a Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. Grants are available for businesses located Alameda, Amador, Contra Costa, and El Dorado counties. This program will provide grants of up to $2,500 per microbusiness. To be an eligible business, your business must have fewer than five (5) employees and earn less than $50,000 per year. The website includes additional information and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Applications are OPEN.
For more information visit: https://sites.google.com/swccd.edu/clpccd/home
Grants will be given on a first come first serve basis with priority given to minority, women, or Veteran businesses.
Summer Youth Bus Pass
The Summer Youth Pass offers kids a great way to get around town, all summer long. For just $30, passholders ages 6-18 can take unlimited bus rides on County Connection, Tri Delta Transit, and WestCAT from June through August. On sale now at 511cc.org/youthpass
These programs encourage the use of sustainable transportation options and are funded by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority and BAAQMD’s Transportation Fund for Clean Air.
West Contra Costa School District (WCCUSD) Summer Meal for Kids 2022
The WCCUSD Summer Food Service Program provides FREE HEALTHY meals to children and teens 18 years of age and younger when school is out. Meals are available at parks, libraries, community centers and other locations throughout West Contra Costa. All children and teens 18 years and younger eat free. NO SIGN-UP OR PAPER REQUIRED!
Link to WCCUSD Food Services and locations:
KCRT Newsbyte of the Week
KCRT Newsbytes Video of The Week
KCRT NEWSBYTES YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrluYZRfcpw
KCRT TV Channel 28 - New Episodes Of Current Programming
Regular Series Episode
New episode of “Creature Features”.
Multiple new episodes of “Sidewalks Entertainment” during the week.
“NewsBytes” Segments: July 3rd Fireworks, RFD Fire Alarm installation, CoBiz spotlight on Downtown Richmond, Juneteenth Underpass Mural, National Drive Electric and RichmondMOVES, Easter Egg Hunt, City Manager Swearing In Ceremony, Highlights of the Richmond Poetry event (piece provided by and edited by Doug Harris), Tibetan Flag Raising, Mayor’s State of the City, Police / Fire Toy Drive, Coffee with the Chief, Transgender Flag Raising, Fire Chief Swearing-In Ceremony, Clean Air Day, National Night Out 2021, Ookwe Park Celebration, Yellow Brick Road, Transit Re-Grand Opening and BOLT Bike Sharing.
”Your Future, Your Choice: Life after High School,” six short presentations that cover options and resources for four-year colleges, community colleges, and the building trades (video courtesy of Library and Doug Harris).
Revised edition of GRIP Alternatives No-Cost Solar Workshop.
You may find the full schedule at http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/3176/Schedule
Library and Community Services
Become a Lifeguard!
Join our Aquatics Team! Lifeguards are still needed for year-round shifts. Certified Lifeguards or strong swimmers of all ages with flexible schedules are encouraged to apply. Apple here! We can train those who are qualified and available when we need it.
Just Keep Swimming!
Summer swim lessons have kept both City of Richmond pools busy this summer! Weeknight classes are held at the Richmond Plunge and Saturday morning classes are held at the Richmond Swim Center. Group lessons are for teens/adults and children (ages 3+). Because it’s been years since City of Richmond Aquatics has been able to offer swim lessons, the demand for classes is very high, with classes filling to capacity within minutes of registration opening. Although additional classes cannot be added due to staff shortages, there will be classes continuing in the Fall on Saturdays at the Richmond Swim Center. Meanwhile, we are so pleased to see the progress being made by swim students, as well as the extra smiles and splashes!
The next registration period opens on August 1, 2022, at 8:30 AM for the August session of Saturday classes at the Richmond Swim Center.
Sea Turtles Class
Qigong at the Senior Center
Qigong (pronounced Chee Gong) is an ancient practice developed centuries ago that now is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is a gentle practice that anyone can do, even from a seated position if necessary. Our class starts with some warmup exercises and then a combination of three forms of Qigong. Some self-massage is presented, and quiet meditation is introduced.
Come join us at the Annex Senior Center every Wednesday from 10:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. Call (510) 620-6812 for more information!
Meals for Seniors
Did you know that the Richmond Senior Center in conjunction with the Contra Costa County has a meal program for Seniors? Seniors can receive five frozen meals on a weekly basis. Seniors must pre-register and call in their order weekly. For more information call the Richmond Senior Center at (510) 307-8087.
Love Your Block In-Kind Sponsorship Program: Supplies for Volunteer Events
The Love Your Block In-Kind Sponsorship Program is now accepting requests for sponsorship! The sponsorship program aims to make supplies for volunteer clean-up and beautification projects available to residents and groups that want to make a difference in Richmond. Sponsorships are limited to $1,000 of supplies only.
Examples of supplies that can be sponsored include trash bags, gardening and landscaping supplies, painting supplies, personal protective equipment, and drinks, snacks, and refreshments for volunteers.
Check out the program guidelines, application, and more at www.richmondloveyourblock.org, and contact Love Your Block staff at (510) 620-6563 or email@example.com if you have any questions!
The Love Your Block In-Kind Sponsorship Program is funded by a partnership between Community Services and City Manager’s Office, Economic Development.
Teen Eco Action Week 2022
In collaboration with the East Bay Regional Park District and Community Services Department-Recreation, fourteen youths (13 to 18 years) participated in this years’ Teen Eco Action Week program from July 11th to July 15th. Participants in the program explored the Wildcat Creek Watershed and the Regional Parks around Richmond by boating, biking, fishing, hiking, and doing community service projects. Regional Parks visited Miller Knox Park, Tidewater, Point Pinole, Tilden Nature Area, and Keller Beach. Participants also learned job skills and were introduced to different careers in Recreation and Parks.
Each participant received:
- 20 Community Service hours
- Work experience in Parks and Recreation
- Tips for applying to future jobs
- $100 stipend upon successful completion
Nevin Achieve Summer Camp Week 6 Recap
Week six was so busy but fun at the Nevin Achieve Summer Camp!
On Monday, the campers worked together with teamwork and built towers with plastic cups. Our kindergarteners and first graders were developing their fluency reading skills with the read aloud volunteers. The campers also played bingo for prizes, learned the fundamentals of kickball, and created two art projects. The younger campers painted a wooden paddle connected to a bouncy ball (paddle ball game), and the older campers assembled a ping pong canon.
On Tuesday, the East Bay Chess Alliance and the East Bay Performing Arts taught the campers some chess strategies and some new dance moves! The Practice Space also came to work with our fifth and sixth graders on discussions, debating, and public speaking.
On Wednesday, we took a walking field trip Nicholl Park. The campers played on the play structure, played soccer, and football. We also collaborated with the Richmond Recreation Complex Elevate Summer Camp, and we had an intense kickball game between our community centers: Nevin vs. Richmond Rec Complex. Unfortunately, the Rec Complex team lost 16-11, but it was a great game, the campers had fun, and there was great sportsmanship.
Thursday was a busy day for us. We had our usual enrichment providers Youth Code NOW, Bay Area Creative, and East Bay Pickleball Association provide great activities for the campers. We also got a special visit from Parchester and Shields-Reid Achieve Summer Camps participants! Even with a full house, the campers did their enrichment classes, and played a friendly game of dodgeball against Shields-Reid and Parchester.
To end a long and busy week, the Richmond Plunge was back open, so we did a walking trip to the Plunge and got our swim on!
Tune in next week to hear more!
Summer Camps in Richmond
The Achieve Summer Camps, Shields-Reid, Booker T. Anderson, Parchester, and Nevin Community Centers continue to grow. There is an average of 45-80 participants enrolled for summer camp fun at each center! Local teachers are hired to facilitate the morning academic portion of camp. Special enrichment classes are scheduled with local agencies that provide workshops in the art of dance, poetry, music, public speaking, coding, and many other skills and talents! This camp is free for kids grades K-5 and made possible with the generosity of the Ed Fund and the City of Richmond.
Due to major construction work at Booker T. Anderson Center, Stege Elementary School (West Contra Costa County School District) has been extremely kind to allow Booker T. Anderson participants to conduct summer activities on school grounds and mobile classrooms.
David Knott, from West Coast Chess Alliance, presents Stege summer camp participants with easy-to-follow rules of engagement in the very cerebral and sometimes complicated ancient game of chess.
Pierre, East Bay Center for Performing Arts, shows Stege summer camp participants how to get their rhythm on with Afro Peruvian Dance. A challenging exercise in hand, eye, feet, and body coordination.
Booker T. Anderson summer recreation staff feverishly attempts to rescue camp kids from the enormous web before the giant spider returns!
Field trips for Shields-Reid and Parchester summer camp participants included visits to Cull Canyon, Miller Knox Regional Park, Keller Beach, and the Lucky A’s Park! A trip to the Oakland Zoo is also scheduled for next week.
Staff and Kids competing in the all-American Game of baseball!
A fun but physically challenging hike up in the hills overlooking Miller Knox Park.
Cull Canyon Regional Park
The Saint Thomas Overland Park Summer Camp from Kansas City made paid a special visit to Sheilds-Reid and Parchester Summer Camp.
Saint Thomas Camp member helping participants decorate custom pillowcases that the kids got to take home.
Adult Summer Bingo Game
Play the Richmond Public Library’s Adult Summer Bingo Game! Complete four boxes in a row to make a bingo. Return the game card to be entered into a drawing for a prize! Play now until August 15th. Game cards available at all three library locations: Main (325 Civic Center Plaza), Bayview Branch (5100 Hartnett Avenue), and West Side Branch (135 Washington Avenue). For more information visit www.richmondlibrary.org or call the Main Adult Reference Desk at (510) 620-6561.
More Summer Outreach in the Community!
Children’s Services continues to reach out to schools and community centers. We offered free books to students at Nevin and Shields-Reid Community Centers’ free summer lunch sites. We will return to the community centers with more books in the next few weeks and to King Elementary Freedom School on Wednesday, July 27th.
For upcoming Children’s programs at the Main Library, call (510) 620-6557, or check our Facebook page.
Book distribution at Shields-Reid Community Center
Abatement crews, in collaboration with Richmond Republic Services, hosted the Southwest Annex/Panhandle Annex and North and East Dumpster Day Clean-Ups, seniors and disabled citizens were assisted during the clean-ups, removed weeds from public right of ways, cleared sidewalks, executed a warrant and abated on a private property requested by Code Enforcement, abated homeless encampments, removed illegally dumped debris and graffiti from various locations throughout the City.
Southwest Annex/Panhandle Annex Dumpster Day
North & East Dumpster Day
Private Property Abatement
Illegal Dumping & Graffiti Removal
Stationary Engineers performed daily pool maintenance, daily Civic Center Plaza boiler inspections, installed a sink at Barbara and Jay Vincent Park, replaced the mechanical seal on the recirculation pump at the Plunge, replaced the condenser fan motor on the trailer at the Police Station, fixed the sink in the restroom of Southside Park, adjusted the door closure at 450 Civic Center Plaza, cleared drain and repaired sink at Lucretia Edwards Park.
Richmond Plunge Mechanical Seal Replacement
Utility workers assisted the Housing Authority with maintenance, removed debris from parking lots, switched out lamp lighting at City Hall, power washed all common rest areas at 450 Civic Center Plaza and the front of the Recreation Complex, sanitized and deep cleaned the Children’s Library and Whittlesey Room, waxed flooring at the Main Library, began removal of graffiti from the Civic Center Plaza area, provided daily services for 27 City owned buildings and disinfected common areas.
Re-Lamping at City Hall
Parks and Landscaping
General fund crews removed debris from Point Molate and Point Richmond, mowed lawns at multiple parks, welded an electrical box on the Richmond Greenway at 14th Street, completed weed abatement of medians on Carlson Boulevard from South 37th to South 49th Street, installed new basketball nets and removed pine needs at Booker T. Anderson Park, trimmed vegetation at Boorman Park, abated weeds at the parking area around the Main Library, removed debris from the Greenway, repaired irrigation at Nevin and Martin Luther King, Jr. Parks and performed maintenance along the Clinton Avenue sound wall.
Carlson Boulevard Maintenance
Tree crews cut or trimmed trees on: South 16th Street, Fran Way, Garvin Avenue, Heavenly Ridge Lane, Leo Street, and Sonoma Street. Capable tree remnants were chipped and turned into mulch.
Marina Districtcrews removed debris from parks and parking lots, replaced dog waste bags, removed graffiti from various locations, manually pruned at the Moody Underpass, manually abated weeds manually at Ookwe Park, performed maintenance on Esplanade Avenue and manually watered shrubs on Marina Way and Marina Bay Parkway medians.
Hilltop District crews continued weed abatement on the Richmond Parkway right of ways, at Hilltop Lake, and on Blume Drive, and performed maintenance on Hilltop Mall Road.
Blume Drive Maintenance
Pavement maintenance crews grinded and paved 21st Street from Barrett to Grant Avenues and worked from the outstanding pothole list.
Paving on 21st Street
Street sweeping crews swept the following neighborhood council areas on the third Monday through Thursday and the fourth Friday in: North Richmond, Iron Triangle, North Belding Woods, South Belding Woods, Atchison Village, Richmond Annex, Parkview, Panhandle Annex and Eastshore.
Traffic signs and lines staff fabricated 12 new signs, installed or repaired 18 signs, painted 40’ of blue curbing and installed approach lines on Roosevelt Avenue for speed humps.
Speed Hump Approach Lines\
Wastewater Treatment Plant – Fats, Oils, & Grease (FOG)
PLEASE! DO NOT PUT GREASE DOWN THE DRAIN! Heavy grease has been reported at Richmond's sewer treatment plant. Grease clogs pipes and can be detrimental to the function of the plant.
For more information about Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG), please call 510-620-6594.
Planta de Tratamiento de Aguas Residuales – Aceites y Grasas (FOG)
¡POR FAVOR! ¡NO PONGA GRASA POR EL DRENAJE! Se ha reportado grasa pesada en la planta de tratamiento de alcantarillado de Richmond. La grasa obstruye las tuberías y puede ser perjudicial para la función de la planta.
Para obtener más información sobre aceites y grasas (FOG), llame al 510-620-6594.
High Priority Critical Improvements Projects
The City of Richmond and Veolia Water (Veolia) are implementing High Priority Critical Improvements Projects at the City's Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), which is managed and operated by Veolia. The purpose of the projects is to replace aging and unreliable infrastructure, improve treatment operating efficiency, comply with future discharge regulations, and improve the functionality of the existing WWTP. The improvements were identified through previous planning efforts, including the 2010 WWTP Master Plan and the 2016 WWTP Facility Plan, to construct the following elements of the WWTP Critical Improvements Projects: (1) New screening and grit removal facilities; (2) Aeration upgrades; and (3) Demolition of existing facilities and site clearing in preparation for future WWTP Facilities. The projects are expected to take approximately 2 ½ years to complete.
Shimmick continued working on the biofilter with the concrete placement of the north slab. They also continued working in the fine screening facility placing the wall forms and rebar. In the blower building electrical room, they started the installation of the drywall, as well as the installation of doors and framing. Additionally, Shimmick continued their work in the new electrical switchgear building, placing the concrete foundation slab. Finally, in the aeration basins, the Contractor installed pipe supports for the new 3 water piping and worked on the core drilling while Shimmick’s cement masons worked on the concrete slab repairs.
Biofilter: Shimmick doing the concrete placement of the north slab of the new odor control structure
Biofilter: Shimmick sandblasting the starter walls and waterstop.
Biofilter: Shimmick installing single side wall forms.
Screening facility: Conco (Shimmick’s rebar sub) continued installation of the rebar.
Blower building: Shimmick during installation of the drywall at the blower’s building electrical room; process includes: layout and installation of hat channel furring, installation of rigid insulation material and hanging the drywall.
Blower building: Shimmick during installation of the doors and the corresponding frames.
Electrical building: Shimmick during the concrete placement of the foundation slab.
Aeration basins: panoramic view of aeration basin 3 as Shimmick’s cement masons work on concrete slab repairs
Aeration basins: Shimmick installing pipe supports for the new 3 water piping in aeration basin 3A.
Aeration basins: Core drilling equipment (36”) being mobilized to the basins
Aeration basins: core drilling activities in the basins; on the left, for the sump can in 3A, on the right, for the scum collection system.
Aeration basins: Shimmick removing old unistrut in preparation for the blanking plate installation on the overflow openings of aeration basin 3.
First Street Relief Sewer Project
The First Street Relief Sewer and Pipeline Rehabilitation Project is the final of four design projects from the comprehensive 2016 Collection System Design Project, which also included the construction of the Cutting/Carlson and Hoffman Project (originally two projects), and the Macdonald and Virginia Wet Weather Improvement Project. The Project consists of approximately 3,743 lineal feet of open cut replacement of existing 6-inch sewer, approximately 1,696 lineal feet of open cut replacement of existing 8-inch sewer, approximately 631 lineal feet of open cut replacement of existing 10-inch sewer, and approximately 125 lineal feet of open cut replacement of existing 18-in sewer.
To date, D’Arcy & Harty Construction has completed replacement of the entire 6,195 total lineal feet of sewer main line piping included in the project scope. Pipe replacement work was completed in December 2021. The Contractor has completed filming all segments of NASSCO compliant CCTV video.
High Priority Sewer Line Replacement Project
The High Priority Sewer Line Replacement Project replaces (8) pipelines with a combined length of around 2,700 lineal feet. Scope of work includes reconnection of existing laterals at mains, connection to existing manholes and hardscape and pavement restorations
To date, D’Arcy & Harty Construction has completed sewer main replacement installations at Potrero and 41st, 12277 San Pablo Ave, 1903 Garvin Avenue, 311 - 341 E Richmond, Dimm Street (right of way in street) between Barrett & Humboldt and 1460 Rifle Range Road.
2021 Grade 5 RAA Line Replacement Project
The 2021 Grade 5 RAA (Risk Assessment Analysis) Replacement Project replaces seven sewer pipelines with an approximate combined length of 760 lineal feet. The work includes replacement of deteriorated sewer pipe segments within the collection system using pipe bursting or open cut methods. This project was competitively bid to be performed on a "design-build" basis: the Contractor is responsible for engaging the services of an engineering firm to issue design drawings for lines with utility conflicts and other constructability issues and prepare final, as-built drawings.
W.R. Forde has completed installations at 21st Street and Potrero; Rheem and 23rd Street; 4925 Macdonald (“Planet Fitness”); Virginia and 22nd Streets, 1600 Chanslor; AC Transit / 21st Street between Bissell and Carlson and 403 McLaughlin.
Marina Bay Parkway Force Main Extension Project
The Marina Bay Parkway Force Main Extension Project extends the existing Marina Bay Parkway forcemain to a new manhole at the intersection of Pierson Avenue and Marina Bay Parkway and installs a new gravity sewer pipeline from the Pierson/Jetty Drive intersection, across Marina Bay Parkway. This piping reconfiguration will eliminate sanitary sewer overflows that occur from depressed manholes located at the intersection of Marina Bay Parkway and Pierson Avenue. Richmond-based, local contractor W.R. Forde Associates, was the lowest, responsive bidder at $357,200.00.
The project work was initially completed in December 2021. The Contractor returned recently to install a bolt down manhole frame and cover on the new manhole at the termination of the Force Main. The material for the manhole frame and cover were a long-lead item and were installed in early March 2022. The TA for additional scope to alleviate future SSO’s by adding 991 LF of 8” gravity sewer main and three (3) new manholes with bolt down covers along 27th Street was submitted to the City on 3/14/22. This critical scope is targeted for inclusion in a future agenda in a regular City Council meeting, potentially September 2022.
Sodium Bisulfite (SBS) Facility Improvements Project
The City of Richmond (COR) and West County Agency (WCA) entered into a Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) on July 27, 2020, to share the design and construction costs associated with the new Sodium Bisulfite Facility construction and system upgrade. During the design of the new SBS Facility, WCA and the COR agreed to upgrade the SHS mechanical, electrical, plumbing, instrumentation, and SCADA system, as well. Myers & Sons Construction, LLC is the Contractor. The SBS Facility Improvements Project includes the following major elements:
New sodium bisulfite and sodium hypochlorite chemical metering and instrumentation systems to replace the existing chemical metering and instrumentation systems.
Sodium bisulfite and sodium hypochlorite improvements include civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and SCADA system and facility improvements.
Demolition of existing facilities for project improvements.
Myers & Sons worked on the concrete placement of the tank pads and walls in the SBS Containment Area. They continued construction of the Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) roofing system installation of the electrical and pump room, and they poured concrete for the equipment pads in the Disinfection Building.
SBS Containment Area: Myers and Sons during the concrete placement of the tank pads and containment walls.
SBS Containment Area
CMU building: Myers during the roofing system installation.
Disinfection building: left: concrete pour of the equipment pads; concrete: equipment pads after forms have been stripped and expansion material has been installed.
SCADA Upgrade Project
The SCADA project (an acronym for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) will standardize, replace, and configure the existing SCADA Network communication, the majority of which is outdated, failing and has exceeded its useful life. An upgraded SCADA system is crucial to allow for Veolia Staff at the City of Richmond’s Wastewater Treatment Plant to monitor and control processes locally and at remote locations, including remote telemetry of the City’s lift stations.
The contractor is Calcon Systems, Inc. The project is 100% complete. Two conditions were discovered by Veolia and Calcon towards the end of Calcon's contract, for which Veolia has submitted a TA request for a change order to correct (repair). The first includes battery backup power systems to eliminate power failure conditions, which occurred recently and resulted in WWTP system outages. The second includes repairing blower communication faults. But these two items do not affect the programming, which is complete.
Trash Capture Project, Bayview (currently in design)
In 2017, Caltrans and the City of Richmond collaborated to implement the Trash Capture Project. The Contech Engineered Solutions CDS system is a below-ground, flow-through treatment device that uses multiple treatment processes including swirl concentration and continuous deflective separation (CDS) to screen, separate and trap trash, debris, sediment, hydrocarbons, and other pollutants from stormwater runoff. Veolia Water, in conjunction with the City of Richmond, successfully installed four such devices in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021; another device is being installed in 2022 on Bayview.
Design Meetings continue to be held every other Tuesday at 2:30 pm. The “End of the Pipe” Location at the Bayview Outfall has been determined to be the most feasible location for the new Double Chambered CDS Units. The configuration will be similar to the Meeker Ditch Project of 2019. Final sizing is being confirmed from updated Flow and Drainage information. A meeting in the field was held on June 15th with the County’s CORE Outreach Team to assist with arrangements for unhoused residents living in the vicinity of the proposed installation. Coordination with CalTrans and Environmental Studies and permitting are underway. A kick-off meeting with NCE (Environmental) was held July 11, 2022. Field studies will be performed the week of August 8, 2022.
Thank you for keeping up with the activities in the City of Richmond. Feel free to contact the City Manager’s Office if you have any questions or comments about these or any other items of interest to you.
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