CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM
Meeting Date: March 12, 2002
Subject/Title: Passage of a resolution authorizing the submittal of an application for grant funds from the State of California Department of Water Resources Urban Streams Restoration Program (Costa-Machado Water Bond Act of 2000 - Proposition 13)
Submitted by: Finance: P. Ehler/K. Wahl
Parks and Recreation: C. Bronzan/ J. Hansen
Approved by: John Stevenson, City Manager
Passage of a resolution authorizing the submittal of an application for grant funds to the State of California Department of Water Resources Urban Streams Restoration Program (Costa Machado Water Bond Act of 2000 - Proposition 13) for acquisition, planning and implementation of a creek restoration project and authorizing the Parks and Recreation Director to execute and submit all documents which may be necessary for the completion of the project.
On February 26, 2002, City Council approved an Resolution authorizing the submittal of an application for grant funds for the State of California Department of Parks and Recreation Riparian and Riverine Habitat Program under the Safe Neighborhood Parks, Clean Water, Clean Air, and Coastal Protection bond Act of 2000 for purchase of a part of the Griffith parcel.
The Costa-Machado Bond Act of 2000, (Proposition 13) provided funding to the Department of Water Resources Urban Streams Restoration Program for support of actions that prevent property damage caused by flooding and bank erosion, restore the natural value of streams and promote community stewardship. Grants from this program can be used for simple stream projects as well as complex projects such as enhancing the environmental characteristics of a stream or restoration of a stream to a more naturally functioning state.
This action is the second application the City is making in an effort to purchase and eventually restore, the Griffith parcel. On this application, the Natural Heritage Institute, who has been working with the City and UC Berkeley graduate students in Environmental Studies on Marsh Creek, will act as the sponsor for the grant and the City will act as co-sponsor. If awarded funding, a Memorandum of Understanding between the two entities will be necessary to finalize the roles and responsibilities of each. We propose to submit an application for funding for acquisition of a portion of a parcel located northwest of the Marsh Creek Staging Area known as the Griffith parcel, APN 017-110-011. The owner of the parcel has been contacted and has indicated his interest in working with the City if terms can be agreed upon. The proposal will also request funding for refining design and the initiation of the restoration phase of the project.
The site is now within the City limits after annexation in 2001 and was designated as a “special Facility nature park” in the 1994 Park and Recreation Master Plan and included again in the 2001 update to the Park and Recreation Master Plan. The Plan indicates “due to the special location of the site at the confluence of three creeks, it offers a unique opportunity to develop a Nature Park for the community”.
The City of Brentwood General Plan Update, adopted by Council on November 27, 2001, also indicates that the site is of chief importance with the following statement. “Since this property is at the confluence of three creek systems, it is paramount that any development of the area be consistent with and reflect the Parks, Trails, and Recreation Master Plan and provide open space buffers adjacent to the creeks bordering the site. If any development, other than open space/recreational amenities occurs, it should be restricted to single-family residential uses that maintain the rural character of the area.
The total maximum grant amount through the Department of Water Resources Urban Streams Restoration Program is 1,000,000 and while there is no specific requirement for matching funds to receive a grant, the applicant must contribute something to the project. The contribution can be a financial match, an in-kind contribution, or a combination of both. The Natural Heritage Institute has some matching funds from the California Coastal Conservancy for the project and the Contra Costa County Flood Control and Conservation District has budgeted funds for the widening of Marsh Creek in this area that can also be used as matching funds. The grant will request the maximum amount for acquisition purposes and design purposes.
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD APPROVING THE APPLICATION FOR GRANT FUNDS FOR AN URBAN STREAMS RESTORATION GRANT FOR ACQUISITION OF A PORTION OF PARCEL 017-110-011 AND DETERMINING APPROPRIATE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT DOCUMENT, CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTING GRANT IF OFFERED, AND DESIGNATING CONTRACT MANAGER AND FISCAL AGENT.
WHEREAS, the California Department of Water Resources, Division of Local Assistance, Urban Streams Restoration Program has announced the availability of funds for grants; and
WHEREAS, said grants are intended to help solve flooding and erosion problems in a way that provides environmental enhancement; and
WHEREAS, the Natural Heritage Institute has proposed to cosponsor a grant application with the City of Brentwood; and
WHEREAS, we have concluded the project proposed for funding with the grant funds would be environmentally beneficial and we will comply with all requirements of CEQA prior to implementation of the project.
WHEREAS, we consider the prospects of receiving a grant to be reasonably likely.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Brentwood hereby approves a joint application with the Natural Heritage Institute for an Urban Streams Restoration Program grant.
If offered such a grant, we authorize Craig Bronzan, Director of Parks and Recreation, to accept and sign any contract for administration of the grant funds, develop a work plan for the project and to submit invoices to the Department of Water Resources for activities carried out under the work plan for the grant contract.
PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on the 12th day of March, 2002 by the following vote:
Michael A. McPoland, Sr.
Karen Diaz, CMC