Avalon hires Larson Boat Shop to fix city floats

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Council this week authorized the City Manager to enter into a contract with Al Larson Boat Shop to rehabilitate the town’s Floats 2 and 3 for up to $249,999.

This was an element of the consent schedule. It was approved without discussion.

“Floating Moles 2 and 3 are in need of rehabilitation to extend their useful life and provide safe facilities for users,” Harbor Master Orne Carstarphen wrote in his staff report to the council.

“The work schedule is sensitive to cross-Channel carrier schedules and there are very limited opportunities to remove the floats for an extended period. Additionally, schedules are also sensitive to the vendor’s ability to complete the job,” Carstarphen wrote.

“As such, City staff have contacted the cross-Channel carriers that primarily use these floats and have confirmed that the Catalina Express and Catalina Flyer will be performing maintenance on their vessels through January and February 2022,” Carstarphen wrote. .

“According to representatives of both companies, the proposed schedule for January and February is practical due to the expected decrease in demand on these floats. In an emergency, Float 4 can be used for aircraft carrier landings if needed,” Carstarphen wrote.

“The Cabrillo Mole Ferry Terminal Rehabilitation (Phase II) can provide much of the funding for the rehabilitation of Floats 2 and 3. The rehabilitation of the Ferry Terminal Floats has been included in the scope of the project as part of grant agreement,” Carstarphen wrote.

“Under Federal Transit Administration procurement policies, grant recipients may use simplified procurement methods for contracts under $250,000. Staff are looking for this as a source of funding, but the logistics of federal procurement can sometimes be difficult for contracts like this,” Carstarphen wrote.

“Otherwise, the increase in cross-Channel carrier fees dedicated to investment projects is intended to finance priority projects such as the rehabilitation of floats,” wrote Carstarphen.

“The rehabilitation of the floats is part of our capital improvement projects outlined in the Fiscal Year 2021-22 Budget (Project #207009). Approximately $260,000 is available in fund 10470-6504 for this project,” Carstarphen wrote.

Avalon hires Larson Boat Shop to fix city floats

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