Herald American

Downey to resurface tennis courts at Independence Park

DOWNEY — Eight tennis courts at Independence Park, 12334 Bellflower Blvd., should be ready for play after a $47,489 resurfacing project.

The City Council Jan. 13 awarded the contract to Trueline, a Corona company and the lower of two bidders.

In a report to the council, Public Works Director Mohammad Mostahkami said the eight tennis courts, built in 2002, “have extensive cracking and peeling from ongoing wear and tear.”

The project includes new nets on each court and fence screening.

Total cost of the project is estimated at $69,000 with inspection, construction engineering, administration and contingencies. Funding will come from the city’s capital improvement budget, Mostahkami said.

In another park matter, the council approved the purchase of four portable surveillance systems for Brookshire Park to improve safety there.

The cost of $18,519 will come from the Police Department’s Asset Forfeiture Fund, Police Chief Carl D. Charles said.

He noted that in 2014 there were 87 calls for service at the park on a variety of issues and concerns

Council members also approved an agreement with neighboring Bellflower to upgrade traffic signals on Foster Road at Bellflower Boulevard, north of Independence Park; and on Foster Road at Woodruff Avenue.

Total cost is estimated at $481,860 with $377,100 from a federal Highway Safety Grant, and $104,760 from state gas tax rebates, Mostahkami said.

He said the project is aimed at reducing traffic congestion and improving safety for a high school and two grade schools at the Foster-Bellflower intersection, which experiences about 37,000 vehicles a day. The Foster Road-Woodruff intersection has about 37,000 vehicles pass through each day and both sites have experienced a fair number of traffic accidents.

The work will include replacement of antiquated traffic signal equipment and poles, installation of underground conduits, conductors and pull boxes, installing better street lights and upgrading curb ramps.

In other action Jan. 13, the council approved an agreement with Blue Violet Networks to purchase and install a new citywide telecommunication system. The $479,864 cost includes two years of full maintenance support, Finance Director Anil Gandhy said.

He noted that the current system was installed in the mid 1980s and the provider, Associated Telecomm, has labeled the equipment too old and said it would not continue to service it.

Maintenance and support for five years would bring the cost up to $549,204, he added.