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The city council approved a plan last month to allow the contractor currently making repairs to the Marine Safety building to also replace previously damaged timber piles at the San Clemente Pier.

The council’s approval at its Jan. 21 meeting authorized a $216,675 change order in the city’s contract with Jilk Heavy Construction, Inc. The money, according to the city, will come from the pot of General Fund coffers earmarked for Pier Structural Construction

The Gardena-based construction company was hired last August to make bulkhead repairs to the building that houses San Clemente’s lifeguard operations. The nearly $2 million project is underway and expected to wrap up this May.

With Jilk already working nearby, city staff believed the most cost-effective route to replace the pier’s timber piles was to also have the company perform the task, as it’s already fully mobilized and has a permit for transporting heavy equipment and materials across the railroad tracks.

According to the city, one of the timber piles at the pier broke last May, but because the location of the broken pile wasn’t critical and surrounded by other uncompromised piles, city staff felt the plan to replace it could be temporarily postponed.

This past October, the city conducted an inspection of the pier’s vinyl wrappings per a California Coastal Commission permit that requires an inspection every couple of years. During the latest inspection, the city identified two additional timber piles that were damaged and required replacement.

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