Monday, November 15, 2021

Upcoming Council Meeting 11.16.21

There are a couple significant items on the agenda at the next meeting 11.16.21:

  • We will be discussing an initial program to distribute ARPA funds.  These funds are being distributed to Clayton in two equal tranches totaling approximately $2.9M.  The first tranche has been received and the second will be received in the first half of 2022.  At our previous meeting, we asked our consultants to come back with a proposal that reflected a focus on assisting those businesses in Clayton that have been impacted by COVID-19.

  • The proposal that we will be discussing includes allocating approximately 75% of funds towards business grants, and 25% towards household assistance (for households below 50 of Contra Costa County area median income).  There would be an application process, and a few criteria that would need to be satisfied.  Included in the proposal is a provision that funds would be distributed on a first come first served basis.

  • We will also be discussing updating our purchasing policy to relax some competitive bidding requirements for smaller scale projects.  Currently any project over $5,000 is required to go through a competitive bidding process.  For smaller scale work, this longer process acts as a deterrent to contractors who may be qualified to do the work.  The city is seeking to modify when a competitive bidding process would be required to those projects that exceed $60,000 consistent with state law that provides for this change.

If you have any questions or thoughts about the above, please let me know.