Members of the Inland Valley Development Agency (IVDA) gathered on Wednesday, April 14, to approve an amendment to Phase Two of the Mountain View Widening Project and to modify an agreement with San Bernardino County Fire and the San Bernardino Community College District to operate the San Bernardino Regional Emergency Training Center.

Phase Two of the Mountain View Widening Project, includes the demolition and replacement of the bridge at Mission Creek and the replacement and widening of Mountain View Avenue.

The amendment, which will cost an additional $48,830, was requested after extra engineering services were required during construction in the flood control channel/crossing to complete the project.

The board also authorized staff to mutually modify the San Bernardino Regional Emergency Training Center (SBRETC) joint powers agreement to transition administrative oversight from the San Bernardino Community College District to the IVDA, which would update the original agreement approved in 1998.

The center trains and certifies firefighters from all over the United States and across the world in the latest live-fire Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting training.

Under the proposed form of the Amended and Restated Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement for the SBRETC, the IVDA would join the SBRETC JPA as a member and assume administrative functions for the business operations and financial compliance for the center’s day-to-day operations.

The college district, at its option, may continue to participate or withdraw, but will continue to align with the center for placement of potential training candidates and referrals. The San Bernardino County Fire Protection District will continue to serve as an active member and provide the actual fire training and instruction services on a go-forward basis.

As drafted, there is no direct cost for IVDA to participate given that it will assume certain administrative functions. Existing IVDA contract staff and personnel would simply cost-allocate administrative time, which would be compensable from revenues of the SBRETC.

Under the proposed Amended and Restated SBRETC JPA, the newly constituted SBRETC Commission would be composed of two members appointed by the IVDA, two members appointed by the county of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors and one additional at-large appointee from any agency the parties determine will be beneficial for the development and operation of the SBRETC.

The draft document now goes to San Bernardino Community College District and San Bernardino County Fire for review.

The next IVDA meeting will be on Tuesday, May 12.

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