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Santa Fe Springs sets public hearing on oil pipeline contract

SANTA FE SPRINGS — The City Council has set a public hearing for March 12 on a proposal to renew for 10 years an agreement with Exxon Mobile Oil to pump oil in pipes under city streets. The current contract, first approved in 2005, ends in April, Public Works Director Noe Negrete said.

Exxon will pay an application fee of $4,670 and an annual franchise fee of  $8,500, Negrete said.

In other action Feb. 12, the council:

• Honored past members of the Santa Fe Springs Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, and called for volunteers to join the program this year to help low-income and moderate-income residents prepare their 2014 tax returns. Those earning $53,000 or less a year, those with disabilities, the elderly and limited-English speaking residents are eligible for the free help. City Manager Thaddeus McCormack noted that the VITA program has been in effect since 1990 and the volunteers, trained by the city, have helped residents receive $2.6 million in state and federal income tax refunds.

• Agreed to install new lights at the city-owned batting cages at Little Lake Park at a cost of $16,000. The city this spring reopened the site, known as The Diamond, and leased the operation to Henry Hernandez, who runs a similar batting cage program in La Habra. Hernandez will reimburse the city $8,000 over a period of eight months. Negrete said the project includes installing 28 light fixtures and five wall-mounted lights on the office building there. The new, more cost-efficient lights will better illuminate the batting cages, the office building and surrounding park areas, Negrete said.

• Made a final payment of $23.9 million to the Griffith Construction Company, the main contractor for the now-completed grade separation project, which takes Valley View Avenue under the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad tracks at Stage Road. Total construction cost was $27.5 million. The money will be reimbursed to the city with state and federal funds Negrete said.

• Approved a final payment of $6,042 to Incotechnic, Inc. of Buena Park, for upgrading the Soaring Dreams sculpture on the northeast corner of Telegraph Road and Pioneer Boulevard in the Civic Center. Final construction cost was $140,439, Negrete said. Work included removal of the water feature and related fountain equipment, installing a granite base, landscaping and returning the six bronze figures.