Fire station to get electronic gates

DOWNEY - The Downey City Council awarded a $63,000 contract on Tuesday to Los Angeles-based Harris Steel Fence Company to install security gates outside Fire Station No. 1 on Paramount Boulevard.The project calls for two gates 26 feet wide and about 7 feet tall, plus a swinging pedestrian gate 7 feet tall. The gates will be operated electronically with mounted digital keypads and contact sensors, according to a staff report. Harris Steel Fence Company was the lowest qualified bidder, city officials said. The company has completed similar projects in Ontario and for the Norwalk/La Mirada Unified School District. Construction is scheduled to begin in late March and last until May. The total cost of the project, including inspection and design work, is estimated at $90,000. The electronic gates are in addition to a new reinforced block wall installed at the fire station in 2010. A block wall, chain link fence and vehicle gates were demolished several years ago after city officials said they did not provide the fire station with adequate security and could collapse in an earthquake.

********** Published: February 16, 2012 - Volume 10 - Issue 44