HERCULES -- The City Council appropriated more than $8 million this week in approving a construction contract related to a planned center for buses, trains and ferries.

The contract, with Goodfellow Top Grade Construction LLC of Livermore, is for the San Francisco Bay Trail-related portion of the Hercules Intermodal Transit Center project. It provides for a 10-foot-wide, 3,700-foot-long section of paved trail, from the Victoria by the Bay subdivision to the future extension of John Muir Parkway, along with grading, drainage, sewer relocation, fencing, planting, irrigation and other related work as well as some track preparation. Amtrak Capitol Corridor trains that are supposed to stop at the future Hercules ITC run on Union Pacific Railroad-owned tracks along the shore of San Pablo Bay.

The $8.34 million contract -- $7,582,340 plus a 10 percent contingency -- will be financed by grants, including federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) and state Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) funds, as well as Measure J, Measure AA Bond and Measure WW Bond funds and an Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) grant, according to a city staff report.

The action Tuesday took all of five minutes, including quips and some banter between Mayor John Delgado and City Manager Steve Duran, followed by a brief presentation by William Silva, principal in d'Oro Construction Management and the city's consultant on the ITC project. Delgado voiced regret for the lack of "pomp and circumstance," citing the lateness of the hour, which was past 11 p.m.


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By contrast, earlier in the meeting, the council spent almost 40 minutes, including 11 minutes listening to public comment, on a fee waiver of up to $1,500 for Hercules Library fundraising events at the Community Center.

Goodfellow's was one of only two bids received in June, according to the staff report. The other, from Bay Cities Paving & Grading, Inc. of Concord, was for more than $10 million, not including any contingency, according to the staff report. Fifteen interested parties had shown up at a pre-bid meeting in April, according to Silva.

The council approved the contract 4-0; Councilman Bill Kelly recused himself because he lives in the Promenade neighborhood adjacent to the future ITC.

Earlier this month, the council extended Silva's consulting contract for another year at $180,000, or $15,000 a month, through June 2014, praising him for his success in obtaining funding for the ITC.

Contact Tom Lochner at 510-262-2760 or tlochner@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/tomlochner.