Gov­er­nor signs Gal­lagher’s bill about water stor­age

Marysville Appeal-Democrat - - LOCAL - By Jake Ab­bott jab­bott@tc­n­press.com

Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed a bill by Assem­bly­man James Gal­lagher to ex­pe­dite con­struc­tion of water stor­age projects, such as the pro­posed Sites Reser­voir in Co­lusa and Glenn coun­ties.

The new law will al­low water stor­age con­struc­tion projects to uti­lize al­ter­na­tive de­liv­ery meth­ods for pro­cure­ment.

“It’s great. It’s some­thing we worked with a lot of dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers on, as well as worked across the aisle on,” Gal­lagher said. “It’s nice to see some­thing that I think is go­ing to be re­ally help­ful with build­ing water stor­age.”

Be­fore the new law was passed, water stor­age projects were re­quired to use a de­sign-bid-build method, which split the process into two phases re­quir­ing an agency to com­plete the de­signs be­fore send­ing it out to bid.

The bill Gal­lagher co-au­thored, AB 2551, was es­sen­tially meant to sim­plify the process and pro­vide agen­cies with dif­fer­ent op­tions to com­plete con­struc­tion more quickly. The new op­tions, which have been used in other pub­lic works projects, in­clude “de­sign-build,” “con­struc­tion man­ager at risk” and “de­sign-buil­d­op­er­ate.”

“It will help with the time­lines and ul­ti­mately save tax­pay­ers money on a project,” Gal­lagher said. “That was the con­cept be­hind it. Ul­ti­mately, this leg­is­la­tion will help us get a project likes Sites Reser­voir and Tem­per­ance Flat in Fresno off the ground much faster.”

The de­sign-build method al­lows a lo­cal en­tity to pro­cure both de­sign and con­struc­tion ser­vices from a sin­gle com­pany.

The con­struc­tion man­ager at risk method al­lows a lo­cal en­tity to choose a con­struc­tion man­ager to pro­vide pre-con­struc­tion ser­vices dur­ing de­sign, who later be­comes the gen­eral con­trac­tor dur­ing the con­struc­tion process.

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