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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 15



Meeting Date: May 28, 2002

Subject/Title: Approve a resolution authorizing the submittal of a grant proposal to the California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection for the Urban Forestry Grant Program as provided through Proposition 12 funding

Submitted by: Finance: P. Ehler/K. Wahl
Parks and Recreation: C. Bronzan/K. DeSilva/J. Hansen

Approved by: John Stevenson, City Manager


RECOMMENDATION 
Approve 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 Park and Recreation Director 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 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 and for limited labor, not to exceed $20.00 per tree. 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 at the new Heritage High School site. The total cost of the project is estimated to be $75,000 and our match requirement is $18,750. 

FISCAL IMPACT
The required 25% match for this grant will be available from in-kind services of City and school district staff.

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 URBAN AND COMMUNITY FORESTRY GRANT PROGRAM AS PROVIDED THROUGH PROPOSITION 12 FUNDING AND AUTHORIZING THE PARKS AND RECREATION DIRECTOR TO EXECUTE AND SUBMIT ALL NECESSARY DOCUMENTS FOR SECURING THE GRANT FUNDS.

WHEREAS, the Governor of the State of California in cooperation with the California State Legislature has enacted Proposition 12, which 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 are available to begin the project; and
4. Certifies that said applicant will expend grant funds prior to March 1, 2005; and
5. Appoints Craig Bronzan, Parks and Recreation Director, 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 28th day of May, 2002 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