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County leaders approved a proposal to add some additional security to the Eastern Sierra Transit motor pool.
Last Tuesday, Interim Public Works Director Doug Wilson said there is funding available through the Local Transportation Commission to construct security lighting and fencing at ESTAâ€™s headquarters at the county-operated Eastern Sierra Regional Airport.
The board approved a proposal in February that would have provided the lighting, however, with a fast approaching grant deadline for the funding, no bids were submitted for the project.
The ESTA was able to apply for and receive a grant extension, allowing it to combine funding from the past three years for the project.
With the boardâ€™s approval, Public Works hoped to have a request for proposals circulating as early as this week so project construction can be completed by the Dec. 31 grant deadline.
According to Inyo County Road Director Courtney Smith, the county will be able to combine$18,000 from the first two years of Prop 1B funds, with $15,000 from this yearâ€™s cycle, for a grand total of $51,000 for the project.
Smith said Public Works staff have already completed an Environmental Impact Report and design for the project. He added that the installation of the lights and fence is not expected to require the entire amount that is available, and additional work may be added to the project, depending on the bids the county receives.
â€śThe Public Works Department has been directed to assist ESTA with the project development and the preparation of plans and specification for the installation of these improvements,â€ť Wilson said. â€śYour board is also aware that there is a tight time line for the award of the project due to the expiration of the grant award.â€ť
Wilson said the project will include the installation of a new electrical service entrance panel and meter, which will allow ESTA to create its own account with local electricity providers rather than splitting the bill with the airport.
Inyo County has â€ślight standardsâ€ť or fixtures that can be used for the ESTA project that are left over from the installation of new street lights in Independence following the completion of the Caltrans Blackrock Four-lane Project.
The contractor will be responsible for providing energy efficient light.
If the funding allows, Wilson said an additional water line will be installed to the ESTA motor pool that will provide transit staff with more convenient facilities for washing and other maintenance on its vehicles.