The following is an e-mail from city councilperson Teresa Barth,
The story in the North County Times was a little misleading and some people have asked me to explain my No vote on the Public Works Yard item.
The bids came in much higher than expected (surprise!) so staff's recommendation was to reject those bids and re-bid a scaled-back project that would use current available funds ($638,000) plus "borrow" $300,000 from the next year's budget. This scaled back approach would not include the ADA required elevator which will limit the use of the second floor.
I agree that we should reject all bids but I voted against this "band-aid" (nearly $1Million) approach.
I asked for a comprehensive report of exactly what is needed to make this facility truly functional and to achieve the goal of consolidating all Public Works activities in one place....one of the "selling points" of the Mossy property according to the 2006 staff report.
Consolidation would free-up two city-owned properties....a parcel on Santa Fe Drive and one off Requeza by the Humane Society. Potentially, these properties could be sold to pay for the facility upgrades.
For me, the proposal did not clearly identify short-term priorities and long-term needs or the financial impacts and possible options.
Hope that clarifies my position.
NCT.com story: Encinitas nixes bids for public works center remodeling