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    4.    
City Council Regular
Meeting Date: 04/03/2018  
Subject:    Approve Master Consulting Agreements with HDR Engineering, Inc. and Northern Technologies, LLC
Submitted For: Tim Himmer From: Sarah Greene, Administrative Assistant II

INTRODUCTION
From time to time, the City retains consultants for professional engineering services to assist with City projects.  Typically, the City contracts with firms possessing expertise in specific areas that cannot be provided by City forces or to supplement existing City services. As opposed to relying on continuing service agreements that are prepared by each consulting firm, staff previously initiated a City master consulting agreement.

At this time, staff seeks Council approval to add HDR Engineering, Inc. (general municipal services) and Northern Technologies, LLC (geotechnical & material testing services) into the City consultant pool.
DISCUSSION
The attached agreement template was reviewed by the City Council on November 19, 2013 and approved as the City standard. This agreement provides consistency and allows staff to better manage the services provided by the various consultants the City retains. HDR and NTI are local companies that have provided assistance on recent reconstruction and feasibility projects. Staff would like to add HDR and NTI into the general municipal services pool due to their experience and responsiveness.

Past agreements have been executed with various firms in specialized areas comprising transportation, bridge inspections, traffic signals, stormwater management, master planning, landscape architecture, water and sanitary sewer projects, and general municipal engineering. From time to time it is prudent to evaluate the pool and determine whether all areas of need are still adequately covered, the chosen consultants are performing to expectations, and fees remain competitive. Following is a list of existing firms in the consulting pool, and staff believes adding HDR and NTI would enhance coverage in a specific area of need.

 
BARR Engineering Bolton & Menk Hakanson Anderson Associates, Inc. Kimley Horn & Associates SEH, Inc. WSB & Associates
Environmental Services Water Traffic / Transportation Traffic / Transportation Traffic / Transportation Water Resources
  General Municipal General Municipal, Mechanical, Electrical Planning / Corridors Signals General Municipal
  Sanitary Sewer Right-of-Way Bridges Railroad Parks / Master Planning
    Land Surveying Large Roads / Highways Sanitary Sewer Landscape Architecture
    Water / Wastewater Landscape Architect Water Water
RECOMMENDATION
Staff recommends that the City Council add HDR Engineering, Inc. and Northern Technologies, LLC to the City's consultant pool, and authorize appropriate staff to execute such agreements.

Attachments
HDR Master Consulting Agreement
NTI Master Consulting Agreement

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