Supervisors approve construction contract for new Hemet Sheriff’s station generator

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A construction contract to replace the generator at the Hemet Sheriff’s station was approved by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.

The supervisors’ 5-0 vote, Tuesday, April 21, authorized a $121,333 contract with ABM Electrical and Lighting Solutions. The Tustin company will subcontract the associated pavement replacement work to Medina Construction of Jurupa Valley.

The sheriff’s station on Acacia Avenue was constructed in 1999 and a generator which provides emergency backup power to the station’s critical systems was also installed. The generator was installed to plans and specifications but was never recorded with the South Coast Air Quality Management District. The generator met SCAQMD standards at the time but does not meet the air pollution control agency’s current standards.

In October 2018, the county supervisors added the generator replacement to the county’s Capital Improvement Program project list, approved in principle the generator replacement project, approved a preliminary budget of $333,025, authorized the county’s Purchasing Department to execute consultant services contracts with prequalified consultants for up to $100,000 per fiscal year, and found the replacement of the existing generator to be categorically exempt from California Environmental Quality Act review. The $335,025 budgeted amount, which was derived from a contingency balance in the county’s general fund, covered $165,000 for the construction contract.

The new generator will have the same capacity as the noncompliant generator and will be in the same location. The October 2018 action authorized the county’s Economic Development Agency to determine the best method of procurement and award a contract based on board of supervisors’ policies. Sourcewell, a consortium which was once called the National Joint Powers Alliance, has a procurement method which utilizes a list of on-call construction contractors. ABM is an approved contractor on that list, and after reviewing the plans and scope of work ABM accompanied county personnel to the site before submitting a proposal for $121,333. The bid was determined to be responsive, responsible and financially reasonable.

Joe Naiman can be reached by email at jnaiman@reedermedia.com.