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PO- CITY OF <br />z NEWPORT BEACH <br /><,FORNP City Council Staff Report <br />May 22, 2018 <br />Agenda Item No. 15 <br />TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL <br />FROM: Dave Kiff, City Manager - 949-644-3001, <br /> <br />PREPARED BY: Dave Kiff, City Manager <br />PHONE: 949-644-3001 <br />TITLE: Airport Consulting — Contract with Tom Edwards <br />ABSTRACT: <br />Renewal of airport consulting contract with Tom Edwards. <br />RECOMMENDATION: <br />a) Determine this action is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act <br />(CEQA) pursuant to Sections 15060(c)(2) and 15060(c)(3) of the CEQA Guidelines <br />because this action will not result in a physical change to the environment, directly or <br />indirectly; and <br />b) Authorize the Mayor to sign Amendment No. One to Professional Services <br />Agreement with Thomas Cole Edwards, Inc. <br />FUNDING REQUIREMENTS: <br />Mr. Edwards' contract generally assumes a base amount of hours equating to $5,000 <br />per month, but in recent years (primarily due to Settlement Agreement issues and the <br />FAA's NextGen efforts) we've assigned more work to Mr. Edwards, making the average <br />expense per month $6,212.00. The current adopted budget includes sufficient funding <br />for this agreement. <br />DISCUSSION: <br />The City has used Tom Edwards as a consultant on airport issues since 2008. <br />Mr. Edwards assists the City Manager, Council, and communities in a variety of tasks <br />relating to aviation and John Wayne Airport. The tasks include following up on noise <br />concerns, overflight questions, NextGen, JWA operations, activities at the FAA and <br />other federal level relating to airports, trends in aviation, trends at other airports, <br />meetings with members of the community, SPON/AirFair, the Airport Working Group <br />(AWG), homeowners' associations, and more. <br />15-1 <br />