REQUEST FOR STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS
FOR A QUALIFIED ENVIRONMENTAL PROFESSIONAL
The City of Kalispell has been awarded U.S. EPA Assessment grant funds for any eligible site within the City limits with particular emphasis on the Core Area of Kalispell. Key sites have been identified and other sites will be pursued as appropriate through the grant period. The City of Kalispell is soliciting a Statement of Qualification for services to retain two to three qualified environmental professional (QEP) firms with proven expertise in brownfields assessment, corrective action planning, redevelopment planning and visioning. The City seeks to create a pool of QEPs from which projects will be assigned on an alternating basis.
Copies of the detailed Request for Qualifications (RFQ), including a description of the services to be provided by respondents, the minimum content of responses and the factors to be used to evaluate the responses, can be obtained on the city’s website at: www.kalispell.com/community_economic_development/brownfield_program.php
or by contacting Katharine Thompson, Assistant Director of Community Development, at (406) 758-7713 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Statement of Qualifications must be received by the City Clerk at 201 First Avenue East, Kalispell, Montana, by 5:00 pm local time on December 9, 2016. Statement of Qualifications that are faxed or emailed will not be accepted.
A pre-submittal conference will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 in the Kalispell City Hall First Floor Conference Room located at 201 First Avenue East, Kalispell, Montana. City Staff will be present to discuss the project. Oral statements may not be relied upon and will not be binding or legally effective.
In 2009 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the City of Kalispell a Brownfields Assessment Grant in the amount of $400,000 to conduct environmental site assessments as part of a larger plan to revitalize properties within Kalispell. Using these funds the City has inventoried and prioritized Brownfields sites, completed thirteen (13) phase I and five (5) phase II site assessments, and developed cleanup plans for those sites which have the greatest potential for redevelopment. This grant is scheduled to close in Spring of 2014.
In January 2014 the City of Kalispell applied for a second Brownfield Assessment Grant in the amount of $400,000. This request is pending review by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Kalispell Brownfield Program is voluntary. Public or private property owners can use grant funds to address regulatory agency requirements, complete the sale of their property, or to learn more about their property should they consider selling it. The assessments are completed at no cost to the property owner, and information on the presence/absence of contamination is provided to the owner upon completion of the work. In addition, any site assessed by the City is potentially eligible for cleanup grant funds from EPA which the City may apply for in coming years.
In 2010, the EPA awarded the City of Kalispell a Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program grant in the amount of $175,000. The purpose of this project was to work with our community to develop a vision and concept for revitalization of the core industrial area of Kalispell. Using these funds the City of Kalispell created the Core Area Plan, which was approved by City Council in December 2012. The Core Area Plan can be found at http://kalispell.com/community_economic_development/
In 2011, the EPA awarded the City of Kalispell a Brownfields Clean-up Revolving Loan Fund grant in the amount of $1,000,000. These funds will be made available to eligible applicants for low-interest loans for the purpose of remediating Brownfields sites.