Contracts (Monitoring and Administration)
The City's landscape contract (currently being provided by Complete Landscape Care), requires total turf management and maintenance to all City landscaped medians, Edison right-of-ways, Wood worth House, Gage Avenue water well and special "assigned" areas throughout the City. It also provides complete turf care to Bell Gardens Veterans' Park, Ford Park and the City's Soccer Field turf (l05,846-sq. ft.) and ground cover (57,984-sq. ft.).
The residential waste management services are provided to residents through a franchise agreement with Athens Services, Inc. The 7-year contract was awarded on November 10, 2008 to Athens. The new contract provides automated curbside services for solid waste, recyclable and green waste collection. The franchise agreement expires December 31, 2015.
The contracted street sweeping services are provided by Nationwide Environmental Services (NES) and are intended to provide thorough, prompt street sweeping services to all City residents and businesses, while maintaining the City's overall aesthetics. These services are also required elements of the City's efforts for compliance towards NPDES requirements (keeping litter debris from storm drain system) and AB 939 mandates. On April 8, 2008 the City Council approved a sixth modification to the street sweeping agreement in order to meet the requirements of South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Rule 1186.1. The important component of this modification was the use of alternative fueled equipment. Therefore, NES dedicated a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueled street sweeper to provide the needed services to the community.
Citywide tree trimming services are currently performed on an individual project basis. These services address the City's urban forest needs in all residential areas, Edison right-of-ways and public right-of-ways including the median islands. It also addresses special circumstances and emergency situations.
The contracted trat1ic signal maintenance services are currently provided by Computer Services Company (CSC). These services include total maintenance for all 37 traffic intersections' lighting needs, including illuminated street name signs (ISNS), safety lights (S/L), video camera sensors, street loops and controller cabinets. All emergency and special situation services are included. The school zone flashing beacon located on the west side of Garfield, south of Florence Avenue, is also included for monthly inspections and maintenance.
The Abatement crew removes litter and bulky items from private and public property including all City streets and alleys in an effort to maintain a clean orderly appearance and environment. Assists all City departments with equipment transportation for meeting preparations, special events, celebrations and special projects. This section also monitors Public Works-related municipal code and ordinance violations such as right-of-way, public nuisance or litter abatement infractions.
The beautification crew is responsible for maintaining the clean appearance of all city arterial streets. In addition, the crew is responsible for all city trolley shelters and benches along with their surrounding areas by pressure washing to maintain their cleanliness. The crew is also responsible for the removal of all weeds and debris from tree wells and fence lines, mowing and maintenance of all parkways. Additionally they are responsible for the monitoring of ordinance violation signage (illegal signs) and the removal of all abandoned shopping carts. This crew's duties help ensure that our city's streets have a clean, well-maintained appearance at all times.
The Graffiti Abatement crew is responsible for removing graffiti from private and public property by painting, sand blasting or pressure water washing. This tremendously effective Graffiti Program helps maintain the appearance of the City. Private property removals require signed authorization by property owner.