2000-2001 Final Report:
SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS
TO 1998 GRAND JURY REPORT
Environmental Management/Public Works
33. The director of public works should prepare a comprehensive time-phased plan for completion of the seismic retrofit and lead/asbestos abatement of the county Hall of Justice.
The sixth and fourth floors have been completed. The third floor panel connections have been done and the rest of the work will be done after the seventh and eighth floors are finished. The FY 2000-2001 budget appropriated $2.555 million for seismic upgrade work on the fifth, seventh, and eighth floors in the Hall of Justice. As of May 24, 2001, bids have been received for repair of floors seven and eight with the contract scheduled to be awarded June 5, 2001. Work should be finished by the end of 2002 or sooner.
Response by Agency
Concur. Retrofit progress is dependent on funding. Controlling factors will be funding and coordinating the work with the courts on the seventh and eighth floors
by County of San Mateo
Concur. The Director of Public Works will work with the Court on developing a tentative phasing plan that allows for the work to go forward on the 7th and 8th floors. A similar approach will be undertaken with the Probation Department for the 5th Floor. However, a key aspect of this plan will be to identify additional funding sources. An additional $2.2 million will be required to complete the project. To date, the County has spent approximately $1.6 million in the design of the seismic retrofit plan, the remediation work that was done immediately after the Loma Prieta Earthquake, and for the work completed or under construction on the 4th and 6th floors. Public Works estimates that it will take approximately two years to complete the work once funding is identified and agreement with the Court and Probation is obtained.
Abatement work is generally done in conjunction with other work on the structure, as encapsulated lead and asbestos in the building will remain in place and does not present a threat to either the citizens visiting the Hall of Justice or employees.
Status of the County's response to this Grand Jury recommendation will be reported in the next quarterly report to the Board.
Hall of Justice
Response by Agency
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