The following is a press release from the Los Osos CSD concerning the selection of a firm to update the Wastewater Report.
On February 7, 2006 the District issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to prospective consultants for the preparation of a Wastewater Facilities Project Report Update. Ten potential consulting firms received information on the project. On March 3, 2006, three proposals were received for the project from the following firms:
· ABG Inc.
· Ripley Pacific Company
· Lombardo Associates, Inc.
Both the selection team of engineers and the Wastewater Committee provided recommendations for the Board’s consideration. The selection team recommended and the Board elected to negotiate with Ripley Pacific Company for the following key reasons:
· Strong regulatory and wastewater system experience in California, including large scale STEP experience.
· Familiarity with Los Osos wastewater project issues from previous reviews and analysis
· Strong agricultural exchange expertise
The Scope of Work and fee is to be negotiated by LOCSD Staff. The RFP included a broad scope that could require a substantial level of effort. The Board may decide to streamline the process to focus the Project Report Update on fewer treatment plant sites and project elements. For example, if the Board elects to analyze STEP/STEG, two treatment plant sites, and water management options, the consulting fees could be greatly reduced. The Board will vote on a final contract for consulting services at its April 6, 2006, Board meeting. The LOCSD has set an aggressive time table; the consultants will prepare draft recommendations for the community review this summer; with the final Updated Project Report due in August 2006.