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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 11

Meeting Date: May 27, 2003

Subject/Title: Submittal of two grant proposals to the State Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for the 2003/04 Safe Routes to School (SR2S) Program, Fourth Cycle

Submitted by: Finance: P. Ehler/K. Wahl
Engineering: B. Grewal/B. Bornstein/S. Peiris

Approved by: John Stevenson, City Manager

RECOMMENDATION
Approve a Resolution authorizing the submittal of two grant proposals to the State Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for the 2003/04 Safe Routes to School (SR2S) Program, fourth cycle, and authorizing the City Engineer to execute and submit all documents which may be necessary.

PREVIOUS ACTION
None.

BACKGROUND
The Safe Routes to School (SR2S) Program was established in 1999 as a result of Assembly Bill 1475. In October 2001, Senate Bill 10 was enacted which extended the program for three additional years. It is now scheduled to sunset on January 1, 2005. The SR2S program is a highly competitive grant program intended to improve and enhance the safety of pedestrian and bicycle facilities and related infrastructure.

There are six general categories for SR2S projects which include sidewalk improvements, traffic calming and speed reduction, pedestrian/bicycle crossing improvements, on- and off-street bicycle facilities and traffic diversion improvements. The two projects that are proposed for application to the 2003/04 SR2S program are in the sidewalk and pedestrian/bicycle crossing improvements and traffic diversion improvements, and were selected after meeting with the Superintendent of Brentwood Union School District. They are:

1. Construction of an additional drop-off / pick-up area at Ron Nunn School by creating a loop road around the school site.

2. Construction of curb, gutter and sidewalk on the east side of Minnesota Avenue, north of Deer Creek Channel to Randy Way, and installation of flashing beacon with lighted crosswalk at the existing crosswalk to Bristow School.

FISCAL IMPACT
The Safe Routes to School program will reimburse 90% of the project cost up to a maximum of $450,000. There is a required 10% match from the applicant (City). The total estimated project cost for the Ron Nunn School drop-off / pick-up area is $562,000. If awarded a grant from the Safe Routes to School Program the maximum reimbursement will be $450,000; the remainder of the project funding will be a combination of the value of the land contributed by the school district for the drop-off / pick-up area, tentatively estimated to be $75,500, and $36,500 from Roadway Facility Fees. With this proposal, the City will provide 6.5% of the total project cost and provide a much safer drop-off / pick-up area for the Ron Nunn students and their families.

The second project, to construct a sidewalk, curb and gutter on the east side of Minnesota Avenue and installation of a flashing beacon with lighted crosswalk at the existing crosswalk has an estimated project cost of $215,000. The required match for this project is $21,500 and is available from Roadway Facility Fees.

Attachments:
Resolution
Site Maps

RESOLUTION NO.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD APPROVING THE APPLICATION FOR GRANT FUNDS FROM THE SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROGRAM FOR TWO PROJECTS

WHEREAS, the Safe Routes to School Program was established in 1999 as a result of passage and signing of Assembly Bill 1475 to provide funds for improvement and enhancement of the safety of pedestrian and bicycle facilities and related infrastructure; and

WHEREAS, in 2001, the Legislature of the State of California enacted Senate Bill 10, which extended the program for an additional three years, to 2005; and

WHEREAS, the Safe Routes to School application contains assurances that the applicant must comply with, including a 10% project cost match; and

WHEREAS, the applicant, if selected, will enter into agreements with the State of California to carry out the project(s).

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Brentwood hereby:

1. Approves the filing of an application for the Safe Routes to School Program for grant assistance.

2. Certifies that said applicant will make adequate provisions for operation and maintenance of the project.

3. Certifies that the City will comply with the 10% minimum project match requirement.

4. Appoints the City Engineer 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.
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PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on the 27th day of May 2003 by the following vote:

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