Redlands City Council approved three agreements with San Bernardino County, Southern California Edison and Otto Environmental Systems North America on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

The council approved a cooperative agreement with the county, delineating the roles, responsibilities and funding requirements of the East Valley Corridor Bike Route Interconnect Project.

The project will close a number of gaps in the existing cycling infrastructure, improve cycling safety in the western portion of Redlands and provide improved bike circulation for users between downtown, Highland, the Citrus Plaza/Mountain Grove shopping centers and the Santa Ana River Trail.

The grant award total accepted by the council for the project is $2.3 million, with a local agency match requirement of $265,000 for a total cost of $2.6 million.  

According to Municipal Utilities and Engineering Director Ross Wittman, under this cooperative agreement, the city will pay $221,000 and the county will pay $44,000.

Councilman Paul Barich asked why Redlands is paying so much more than the county.

"The majority of improvements are larger-scale projects within the city," said Wittman. "The county's improvements are mostly painting the ground. We are building separated bike lanes separated from the road. A visible barrier will separate traffic from cyclists, so they are more protected."

Wittman also wanted the public to know that the funds were coming from the local transportation fund, not the general fund, and were budgeted in the 2021 budget.

The agreement approved with Edison is for the replacement of all Edison-owned eligible street lights to energy-efficient LED lights. The replacement will be of no upfront cost to the city.

Recently city staff applied for the Distribution Pole Street Light Discount. This discount went into effect in August and was applied to 408 of the 634 street lights. The program will result in a discount applied to the city's electrical bill of $4.46 per light per month, totaling annual savings of $21,836.16.

"The money is recuperated out of the monthly Edison bill over 20 years," said Chris Boatman, facilities and community services director. Total general fund savings is $8,000 per year. It will grow to $20,000 per year once costs are recuperated for energy savings."

Boatman said the LED bulbs last 10 to 15 years.

The final agreement approved was for trash bin replacement.

"We have 57,000 bins right now, and every year we need to replace some for wear and tear," said Boatman.

The city estimated an annual purchase of 7,500 bins, which would cost $316,000. However, the city is not bound to purchasing a specific quantity as long as it does not exceed the contract amount per year.

In other action

Redlands City Council approved:

● A recommendation for Matthew Endlsey to be appointed to the vacant Planning Commission seat.

● Authorization of a proclamation declaring Oct. 11, 2020, as National Coming Out Day.

● A two-year agreement with Principal Financial Group providing dental and life insurance coverage for all city employees.

● Interlocal agreements between Apple Valley, Adelanto, Barstow, Chino, Colton, Fontana, Hesperia, Highland, Montclair, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Rialto, San Bernardino, Upland, Victorville and San Bernardino County, relating to the distribution of the FY 2019 and FY 2020 Justice Assistance Grants to authorize the purchase of cameras and crowd management items.