PA ID# 037-99037-00; County of Los Angeles
PW ID# PW 3119; Camp Louis Routh Waterline
Citation:FEMA-1577-DR-CA, County of Los Angeles, Camp Louis Routh Waterline,
Project Worksheet (PW) 3119
Summary: Heavy water flows caused by the January 2005 winter storms washed out 500 feet of Big Tujunga Canyon Road, including a four-inch waterline embedded below the surface. On August 31, 2005, FEMA prepared PW 3119 for $18,813 to replace the waterline. The Applicant contested the approved scope of work because it did not include the cost of a temporary waterline to provide potable water, design costs, permitting fees levied by the City of Los Angeles, and the chlorination and testing of the waterline after it was installed. The Acting Regional Director determined that the additional costs cited are eligible but denied the appeal, stating that the costs may be included in an appeal for a net cost overrun of all of the Applicants small projects. In its second appeal, the Applicant asserted that the waterline project should be classified as a large project and funded based on actual costs. The Applicant also contended that 600 feet of waterline was necessary to repair the damaged waterline. The additional footage is necessary to securely connect the 500-foot replacement section to the rest of the waterline and follow the path of the roadway. The Applicant provided sufficient documentation to support its claim. The Applicant also stated that the project estimate it submitted in its first appeal was not itemized because it used a lump sum contract.
Issues: Should the waterline repair project be classified as a large project?