replacement fire station) on the peninsula.
What the council voted on at the Aug. 23 meeting was that the
consultant would prepare added planning details and more specific
cost estimates for each of the six or so planning and design options
that have resulted in the past few months from their prior consultant
refinement work on the project and also as the result of input and
much new project detail provided by city staff, from our residents
and also from separate members of the City Council. That added work
by the consultant is already part of their contract and fee, but it
will allow the City Council and, importantly, also our residents, to
more fully assess each of those options and then also the entire
proposed project, its related cost and the method proposed by the
City Council for payment of that cost.
By that Aug. 23 vote, the City Council did not approve (nor even
endorse) either the baseline project (which was initially proposed by
the consultant), nor any of those newer options, nor the cost of any
of item. The council only backed that the consultant provide much
more needed planning and cost detail about the entire project and
each of these newer options.
The City Council's final decision of the design, layout and cost
of the project will occur in the future -- after more planning work
and resulting detail comes back from the consultant, and after review
and assessment of that work occurs from many sources, including our
residents and also City Council members, each of whom presently has
open and unresolved issues regarding this (pending and possible)
Those concerns will be solved before any binding decision is made.
* JOHN HEFFERNAN is the mayor of Newport Beach.