The city expects to clear up 40 to 60 homeless encampments a year—indefinitely.
Annual cost for the cleanups will range around $550,000, and possibly more, if the city approves a contract with Tucker Construction, Inc., at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the last of the 2012-13 fiscal year. It’s the latest push to focus on homeless outreach after Mayor Reed’s plan to fund those efforts in the 2013-14 budget were approved last week.
Recent counts say San Jose has 40 homeless camps along its waterways, with about 600 to 1,000 people living in them. In 2012, the city cleaned up 150 tons of trash and 100 bags of personal items from these settlements.
For years, the city sent its own staff to clean up tent cities. But there’s a legal tangle associated with the cleanups and, very often, there are hazardous materials and bio-waste—things best dealt with by trained specialists.
More from the San Jose City Council agenda for June 18, 2013:
• Clear Channel is up to renew a three-year, $4.2 million annual contract to advertise at Mineta San Jose International Airport.
• In 2010, 63-year-old Lakhbir Chahal was struck by a San Jose cop car. The incident left him hospitalized, fighting for his life. It also cost the victim $524,000 in medical bills, $867,000 in future medical care and $154,000 in lost wages, according to a lawsuit he filed against the city. Instead of continuing in court, the city is ready to settle for $662,500.
• A $12,000 renewal agreement with firm Patton Boggs, LLP will maintain the city’s legislative representation.
• A Shell gas station at 1699 Story Rd. seeks to renew its lease for another decade. The company will pay the city $894,182 over the next 10 years for the property. Proceeds will pay to maintain Emma Prusch Farm Park.
• A video surveillance contract for the airport will cost $807,000 over the next five years, if a contract with ID Consulting Solutions gets approved.
• Looking to expand IT capability and storage capacity, the city is considering updating to a cloud-based computing system, which will cost $303,906 initially and $58,476 annually after that.
• When the council approved the 2013-14 budget last week, it agreed to convert a $600,000 loan owed by Downtown College Preparatory into a forgivable performance-based debt.
• The city will hammer out the details of a subsidized $4.9 million loan to developers MidPen to build a low-income apartment complex on St. John Street.
• The Successor to the Redevelopment Agency (RDA) owes $18.8 million to the city for debt it’s paying down.
WHAT: City Council meets
WHEN: 1:30pm Tuesday
WHERE: City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose
INFO: City Clerk, 408.535.1260