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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO.7 

Meeting Date: October 23, 2001

Subject/Title: Passage of a resolution authorizing the submittal of a grant proposal to the California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection for the Proposition 12 Urban and Community Forestry Program.

Submitted by: Engineering: K. Wahl
Parks and Recreation: C. Bronzan/K. DeSilva/J. Hansen

Approved by: Jon Elam, City Manager


RECOMMENDATION 
Passage of a resolution authorizing the submittal of a grant proposal to the California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection for the Proposition 12 Urban and Community Forestry Program and authorizing the City Manager to execute and submit all documents which may be necessary for the completion of the project.

PREVIOUS ACTION
None.

BACKGROUND
Assembly Bill 18 (Villaraigosa) and Senate Bill 1147 (Keeley) authorized the Safe Neighborhood Parks, Clean Water, Clean Air, and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2000 (Villaraigosa-Keeley Act, Proposition 12 funds). The Villaraigosa-Keeley Act authorized the sum of ten million dollars to the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection for urban forestry programs in accordance with Public Resources Code Section 4799.12. The grants made pursuant to this section are for the costs associated with the purchase and planting of trees, and up to three years of care, which ensures the long-term viability of those trees. 

The maximum grant request under this program is $50,000 and a cost sharing match requirement of 25% must be shown, in the form of a hard and/or soft match dollars. Funding from this grant can be used for the purchase of trees (minimum 15-gallon size), planting and irrigation supplies, purchase of educational materials through the National Arbor Day Foundation and labor required for planting and caring for the trees planted under this grant. The grant can also be used for some overhead expenses, not to exceed $10.00 per tree, or 10% of the contract, whichever is less. The trees must be planted on public lands or dedicated open space or parks. 

The Park and Recreation Department has determined that the grant would be best utilized for planting trees for the Sunset Park Master Plan and Expansion project (CIP 522-5201). The total amount of funding requested is $50,000 and our match requirement is $12,500. 

FISCAL IMPACT
The required 25% match for this grant will be available from in-kind services of City staff and if necessary, the remainder from facility fee funds.

Attachment:
Resolution 

RESOLUTION NO.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD AUTHORIZING THE SUBMITTAL OF AN APPLICATION TO THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY & FIRE PROTECTION FOR THE PROPOSITION 12 URBAN AND COMMUNITY FORESTRY GRANT PROGRAM AND AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE AND SUBMIT ALL NECESSARY DOCUMENTS FOR SECURING THE GRANT FUNDS.

WHEREAS, the voters of California passed the Safe Neighborhood Parks, Clean Water, Clean Air, and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2000 (Villaraigosa-Keeley Act, Proposition 12); and

WHEREAS, the Villaraigosa-Keeley Act provides funds to the State of California and its political subdivisions for urban forestry programs; and 

WHEREAS, the State Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has been delegated the responsibility for the administration of the program within the State, setting up necessary procedures governing application by local agencies and non-profit organizations under the program; and

WHEREAS, said procedures established by the State Department of Forestry and Fire Protection require the applicant to certify by resolution the approval of application before submission of said application to the State; and

WHEREAS, the applicant will enter into an agreement with the State of California to carry out a tree planting project.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Brentwood:
1. Approves the filing of an application for “PROPOSITION12” tree planting grant program funds; and
2. Certifies that said applicant has or will have sufficient funds to operate and maintain the project; and
3. Certifies that funds under the jurisdiction of the City Council of the City of Brentwood area available to begin the project; and
4. Certifies that said applicant will expend grant funds prior to March 1, 2004; and
5. Appoints Jon Elam, City Manager, as agent of the City of Brentwood to conduct all negotiations, execute and submit all documents, including, but not limited to applications, agreements, amendments, payment requests and so on, which may be necessary for the completion of the aforementioned project.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on the 23rd day of October, 2001 by the following vote:

AYES: Councilmembers
NOES: 
ABSENT: 
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Michael A. McPoland, Sr.
Mayor
ATTEST:

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Karen Diaz, CMC
City Clerk

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