GOOD NEWS- PART 3. There was a special Culver City Council Meeting held Thursday night, August 30, in order to award the hillside repair contract to Malcolm Drilling. It was approved by the City Council and the work should commence by October 1. The project is moving forward and the steel to reinforce the hill has been ordered. The job will take approximately 100 working days, which should bring it to March 2008 to complete. Let’s all hope it is so.
The completed hillside will have supports, both wood and concrete on three levels. The concrete wall will be flanked by two sets of wood pilings, drilled approximately 45 feet into the ground. The damaged property will more than likely have to be accessed from the top (Cranks Road) as well as the bottom but there are no plans to store equipment and materials there. Regarding the house on Cranks the city now owns, a study is being done to determine whether it has to be razed or if it can be taken down and if so, whether to move it and put it back once the work is complete. There is considerably more value to the property with the house on it, of course, but it may be too costly to move and return it. Tellefson Road will remain closed as it will be needed for a staging area and for storage of equipment used on the job. The rainy season might hamper some of the work being done, but unless it is an unusually heavy rainy season, it will not stop the work from being accomplished.
Regarding the FEMA money, the Office of Emergency Services (OES) has sent a letter to FEMA, which is a necessary procedure. This letter recommended that FEMA accept the appeal from Culver City and to allow the time extension needed to qualify the city for funds. While FEMA does not have to comply with the OES recommendation, Culver City is cautiously optimistic that it will receive funding from FEMA.