Lindsay puts planning in the hands of QK


City of Lindsay votes to outsource planning to QK in Visalia, also the firm they selected for engineering

By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN

LINDSAY – Lindsay is putting their engineering and planning all in one place with their recent contract with QK, Inc. (formerly Quad Knopf).

Lindsay’s assistant city planner Brian Spaunhurst left the City earlier this year forced former Lindsay city planner and current city manager Bill Zigler to take on the majority of those duties. But on Nov. 13 the Council voted unanimously for to contract with QK for their planning duties.

According to staff reports, they reviewed the demands on the planning service to determine whether a part-time planner or outsourced function would be best. Staff ultimately determined outsourcing the planning services provided the best financial advantage for Lindsay.

“We got a couple responses from out of the area but QK had the best price structure for us,” Zigler said.
According to the City’s contract Lindsay’s hourly consulting firm rate is $77 for their assistant planner, Jessica Bispels.

“We’re excited about having them they are a good team,” Zigler said.

Adding planning to QK’s to-do list for Lindsay is the latest development, but earlier in the summer the City hired them for engineering services as well. At first, Lindsay put out a request for qualification to seven firms, of which four came back: 4Creeks Engineering; Omni Means/GHD; Provost and Pritchard; and QK, Inc. (formerly Quad Knopf), all from Visalia. The City looked for six categories in their contracts: Capabilities, experience and past performance; key personnel; ability to accomplish work; local experience; firm’s location; and other supportive information.

On a scoring mechanism of the four firms, QK came out the highest with a 91.33 out of 100. Provost and Pritchard came in just shy at 90.33 while 4Creeks and Omni Means both earned scores of 74.33.

“It was a very, very difficult scoring process…you can see Omni scored substantially low,” city services director Mike Camarena said. “It took a lot of time to come up with a recommendation for this evening.”

Part of the scoring was the engineer’s proximity to Lindsay. Staff mentioned in their presentation that the person assigned to Lindsay through Omni Means would have been in San Jose. And not only is QK’s staff in Visalia, Lindsay is accustomed to having their engineer a little closer to home.

Zigler said the City’s working relationship with Jim Winton was fruitful because of his proximity to Lindsay from Porterville and his familiarity with Lindsay’s “unique story.”

“Jim was such as wealth of information about where things were and what it all meant around town,” Zigler said.

Zigler added it is difficult to put a price tag on the institutional know-how Winton provided for decades. He says Winton was a wiz over Lindsay’s landscape and had a tapestry of old maps to show for it. Zigler says they had a good relationship over planning that allowed them to push through projects effectively.

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