Seal Beach City Council plans priorities for its pier-related projects


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Seal Beach will fix the toilet first

Second in a series.

Seal Beach officials plan to renovate the pier washrooms before moving on to other pier-related projects. District 1 Mayor / Councilor Joe Kalmick said he had only received negative comments about the pier toilets.

This was the recommendation of the city manager to council and it was the direction the council gave to staff at the recent strategic planning session held last month.

Staff will then work on repairing the jetty base and improving the parking lot.

Meanwhile, staff plan to organize a community outreach to the public to discuss the feasibility of building a restaurant at the end of the pier.

As previously reported, staff plan to stop funding projects with General Fund reserves and instead fund projects with income.

City Manager Jill Ingram told council that financial considerations drive what is realistic. She said the city must be able to afford the debt financing.

Dock toilets

According to the staff presentation, the repair of the wharf toilets would cost around $ 250,000. Ingram said staff are budgeting for the project for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. (It starts on July 1.)

Ingram recommended renovating the toilets before other jetty projects.

The five board members raised virtual “hands” in agreement.

The city has a contract with Golden Touch Cleaning Solutions, Inc., to clean the toilets and other facilities in the city. According to page 25 of the contract, the toilets at the pier are to be cleaned on Saturdays and Sundays, from September 17 to May 15. Washrooms must be cleaned seven days a week from May 16 to September 16.

However, Kalmick said cleaning and sanitizing the toilets was no longer effective at removing odors.

Kalmick said he considered the pier washroom to be part of the Main Street hallway.

Public Works Director Steve Myrter explained the scope of work for the toilet project in a recent email.

“• New epoxy paint coating on all interior concrete surfaces of toilets

“• New flooring

҉ۢ New internal plumbing

“• New toilet facilities

“• New / improved ventilation

“• New lighting / electricity,” he wrote.

Jetty base and parking lots

City staff are also planning to restore the base of the pier and resurfacing the parking lots on Eighth Street and Tenth Street.

The estimated cost: 900,000 dollars.

Kalmick wanted staff to know that the potholes in the parking lots keep getting worse. He instructed staff to monitor the condition of the lots and make temporary repairs where possible.

Ingram said staff will budget for regular lot tracking and make repairs as needed.

As for the base of the pier, Myrter said the base was in such poor condition that it would have to be dug to the ground.

District 5 Councilor Sandra Massa-Lavitt asked if $ 900,000 was enough.

The five board members supported the project.

Restaurant area

The end of the Seal Beach Pier was destroyed by fire in 2016. The fire damaged the building that once housed Ruby’s.

The building was finally demolished.

Since then, the space has been empty.

Some residents want another restaurant there. Others call for leaving the space open.

City Manager Jill Ingram recently said she wants staff to start outreach, even if that means using a virtual format.

Deputy City Manager Patrick Gallegos said the city is resuming the outreach project with the consultant and considering a hybrid public / virtual approach.

(Staff originally planned the awareness last year. The pandemic has forced staff to delay awareness of the restaurant’s feasibility.)

The city has $ 1.4 million in insurance money. Treasurer / finance manager Kelly Telford said the $ 1.4 million was not earmarked so the money can be used for other purposes than replacing the restaurant building.

A previous Sun News poll asked if the public would like to see something at the end of the pier.

The results:

Yes – 59.26%

No: 40.74%

Don’t know / No opinion: 0.00%

Next episode: The city is taking a step back on the community swimming pool project.


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