Property owners are encouraged
to maintain their own properties and, program-wide, most of them
do. However, for a variety of reasons many do not and ACWM must
perform the necessary work. If this is the case, ACWM will assess
the cost for performing the work on the annual tax for the property
upon which the work was performed.
How Work is Done
ACWM may perform the work using County crews or vendors operating
under contract with ACWM. The following are the types of vendor
work most often used by ACWM property clearance operations:
Depending on the type of contract, some vendors perform independently
and others have a representative from ACWM present to direct the
ACWM usually has about 10-15 different vendors at any one time who
are acquired using a Request for Proposals (RFP). Any company who
meets the minimum qualifications may submit a proposal for one or
more of the available contracts, but certified local small businesses
are given a small preference in the final award of contracts. Companies
interested in becoming a vendor for ACWM should contact our office
and ask to be placed on the notification list for the annual RFP
release usually scheduled for late December.
Every year, ACWM develops charge rates for the County crews, each
clearance method (discing, mowing, etc.), equipment used (weedeaters,
chainsaws, chippers) dump fees and truck mileage. Before being implemented,
the rates receive approval from the Los Angeles County Auditor-Controller.
Subsequent Inspection Fee
Whenever ACWM performs work on a property, a fee is charged in addition
to the cost of performing the actual clearance work. This fee, called
a Subsequent Inspection fee, recovers the cost ACWM expends for program
activities such as:
Acquiring reliable vendors
Setting up vendor work
Re-inspection of properties
Evaluation of vendor performance
Review of vendor photographs
Completion of Job Reports
Vendor payment authorization procedures
Related clerical activities
The subsequent inspection fee is considerably more than the Initial
Inspection fee. Property owners can avoid it entirely as well as
other charges associated with ACWM clearance work by maintaining
their own properties.
How Does ACWM Determine Property Boundaries
ACWM uses a variety of tools to locate parcels (properties) and
determine property boundaries. The two most important of these are
Tax Assessor maps and aerial imagery with GIS information "layers"
supplied by the Tax Assessor and others.
Aerial imagery called GIS-NET is very similar to what ACWM
uses and is available to the public on the Los Angeles County, Department
of Regional Planning website. Owners of improved property viewing
aerial imagery for the first time are often surprised by how far
back their property line actually extends.
Once on the property, ACWM staff may use hand-held GPS devices,
lazar range-finders and even measuring wheels to assist in determining
proper distance for clearance of hazardous vegetation.
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