City of Reno
Nevada

Staff Report
8612

Staff Report (For Possible Action): Approval to purchase Traffic Signal Vibro-Tactile (ADA) Pedestrian Push Buttons and associated equipment from Advanced Traffic Products in accordance with NRS 332.115 (c) and (d), in an amount not to exceed $99,707. (Community Development Block Grant Funds)

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Department:Public WorksSponsors:
Category:Equipment Purchase

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Recommendation and Proposed Motion

Recommendation: Staff recommends Council approval to purchase Traffic Signal Vibro-Tactile (ADA) Pedestrian Push Buttons and associated equipment from Advanced Traffic Products in accordance with NRS 332.115 (c) and (d), in an amount not to exceed $99,707, and authorize the City Manager or her designee to sign the purchase order.

 

Proposed Motion:  I move to approve staff recommendation.

Staff Report Formal Body

Summary: Staff is requesting approval to purchase Traffic Signal Vibro-Tactile (ADA) Pedestrian Push Buttons and associated equipment from Advanced Traffic Products in accordance with NRS 332.115 (c) and (d), in an amount not to exceed $99,707.

 

Previous Council Action:  March 9, 2016 - Council approved the purchase of traffic signal vibro-tactile pedestrian push buttons to retrofit 52 intersections, in the amount of $246,159.

 

Discussion:  The City has identified grant funding through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding sources for 17 additional signalized intersections that have not been retrofitted with vibro-tactile traffic signal pedestrian push buttons.  These push buttons provide additional audible and vibratory feedback to visually and/or audibly impaired pedestrians when it is safe to cross the street at a signalized intersection.  The vibro-tactile push buttons have been approved for use by the Federal Highway Administration.  If approved, installation of the vibro-tactile push buttons would be performed by Public Works staff.

 

The City currently operates and maintains 57 signalized intersections that specifically employ “Polara EZ Communicator vibro-tactile pedestrian buttons.  Additionally, the City maintains a stock of spare make/model specific buttons and a cabinet control unit, to be able to quickly replace equipment if a failure were to occur.  For compatibility with the City’s existing maintained systems, the specific make/model of vibro-tactile button is being purchased.

 

Financial Implications:  Funding for this purchase has been identified through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding sources.

 

Legal Implications:  NRS 332.115 (c) and (d) allows the purchase of equipment by a local government as not subject to the requirements for competitive bidding if additional repairs and maintenance may be more efficiently added to, repaired or maintained, and by reason of an inventory of replacement parts maintained by the local government that is compatible with existing equipment as determined by the governing body.

Meeting History

Sep 13, 2017 12:00 PM Video Reno City Council Regular

THIS ITEM WAS PULLED FOR DISCUSSION.

Council Member Duerr asked if this was budgeted to come from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) fund.

John Flansberg, Director of Public Works, said that $100,000 was budgeted for this purpose as part of the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 budget process.

Council Member Duerr and Kurt Dietrich, Public Works Associate Civil Engineer, discussed details with respect to the equipment, including volume adjustment features.

Discussion ensued regarding the process of choosing locations for the installation of pedestrian push buttons.

The Council upheld the staff recommendation.

RESULT:APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Naomi Duerr, Councilmember
SECONDER:Jenny Brekhus, Councilmember
AYES:Hillary Schieve, Jenny Brekhus, Naomi Duerr, Oscar Delgado, Paul McKenzie, Neoma Jardon, David Bobzien