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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 3

Meeting Date: January 13, 2004

Subject/Title: Approve a resolution authorizing submittal of a grant proposal to be funded by the State of California Bicycle Transportation Account, fiscal year 2004/05

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

Approved by: John Stevenson, City Manager

RECOMMENDATION
Approve a resolution authorizing the submittal of a grant proposal to be funded by the State of California Bicycle Transportation Account, fiscal year 2004/05 and authorizing the City Manager and/or City Engineer to execute and submit all documents which may be necessary.

PREVIOUS ACTION
None.

BACKGROUND
The Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA) provides State funds for city and county projects that improve safety and convenience for bicycle commuters. The program is consistent with the Legislature’s intent when it adopted the California Bicycle Transportation Act. Competitive grants are awarded to eligible local agencies by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) on an annual basis.

To be eligible for BTA funding, the City must have an adopted Bicycle Transportation Plan that complies with the eleven required elements stated in Section 891.2 of the Streets and Highways Code. The East Contra Costa County Bikeway Plan was developed in conjunction with the cities of Antioch, Oakley, Pittsburg and Contra Costa County and provides a blueprint for a bikeway network of both on- and off-street connections throughout East Contra Costa County. The Bikeway Plan was approved by the City of Brentwood on October 23, 2001, by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority on December 19, 2001 and by the California Department of Transportation Bicycle Facilities Unit on March 22, 2002.

This year there is a total of $7,200,000 available for projects statewide. Funds are available for:

• new bikeways serving major transportation corridors
• new bike lanes removing travel barriers to potential commuters
• secure bicycle parking at employment and transportation centers
• bicycle carrying facilities on public transit vehicles
• traffic control devices that improve the safety and efficiency of bicycle travel
• elimination of hazardous conditions on existing bikeways
• planning
• improvement and maintenance of bikeways

Staff, in accordance with the 2002 East Contra Costa County Bikeway Plan and the 2003/04 – 2007/08 Capital Improvement Program, and with the agreement and recommendation of the Brentwood Bicycle Subcommittee, has identified the Minnesota Avenue Sidewalk Improvements, no CIP number assigned, as a priority project for BTA grant funding.

FISCAL IMPACT
The estimated cost for this project is $270,000. The Bicycle Transportation Account will fund a maximum of 90% of the project cost and the City must provide a minimum of 10% as matching funds. In order to make the application more competitive, staff recommends a match of 20% of the estimated cost, or $55,000. Funds for the matching requirement have been budgeted from facility fees in the Minnesota Avenue Sidewalk Improvements project in the 2003/04 – 2007/08 Capital Improvement Program, no CIP number assigned.

Funding Engineering/Design Right of Way Construction Total Percent
BTA Funds 20,000 195,000 215,000 80%
Local Funds 25,000 10,000 20,000 55,000 20%
Other
Total 25,000 30,000 215,000 270,000 100%

Attachments:
Resolution
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RESOLUTION NO.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD AUTHORIZING THE SUBMITTAL OF A GRANT PROPOSAL TO BE FUNDED BY THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA BICYCLE TRANSPORTATION ACCOUNT, FISCAL YEAR 2004/05 AND AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER AND/OR CITY ENGINEEER TO EXECUTE AND SUBMIT ALL DOCUMENTS WHICH MAY BE NECESSARY AND CERTIFYING THE AVAILABILITY OF MATCHING FUNDS

WHEREAS, consistent with the California Bicycle Transportation Act, the Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA) provides for disbursement of funds from the State Transportation Funds for eligible claimants for the purpose of bicycle projects that improve safety and convenience for bicycle commuters; and

WHEREAS, the California Department of Transportation Bicycle Facilities Unit administers the Bicycle Transportation Account; and

WHEREAS, the California Department of Transportation has requested applications from eligible agencies for the 2004/05 fiscal year; and

WHEREAS, said procedures established by the California Department of Transportation Bicycle Facilities Unit require the Applicant’s Governing Body to certify by resolution the authorization to make application to the program and certify the availability of the required 10 percent local match; and

WHEREAS, the City of Brentwood will enter into an agreement with the State of California for the Project.

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

1. Approves the filing of an Application for local assistance funds administered under the California Department of Transportation Bicycle Transportation Account.

2. Certifies that the City of Brentwood has or will have sufficient funds to provide the required minimum 10 percent match.

3. The City Manager and/or City Engineer are authorized to execute and file the project application pursuant to the terms of the Bicycle Lane Account Program and pursuant to applicable rules and regulations, along with all necessary supporting documents with the California Department of Transportation for allocation of Bicycle Transportation Account funds for fiscal year 2004/05.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on the 13thth day of January 2004 by the following vote:

AYES: Councilmembers
NOES:
ABSENT:
_____________________________
Brian Swisher
Mayor
ATTEST:
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Karen Diaz, CMC
City Clerk/Director of Administrative Services

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