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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 12

Meeting Date: January 13, 2004

Subject/Title: Approve a resolution authorizing submittal of a grant proposal to the State of California Resources Agency for the Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program, 2004-05 grant cycle.

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

Approved by: John Stevenson, City Manager

RECOMMENDATION
Approve a resolution authorizing submittal of a grant proposal to the State of California Resources Agency FY 04/05 Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program, (EEMP), and authorizing the City Manager to execute and submit all documents which may be necessary for the completion of the project, related to the construction of Sand Creek Road, East, CIP 336-3061.

PREVIOUS ACTION
Resolution No. 2736 authorizing submittal of a grant proposal to the State of California Resources Agency FY 03/04 Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program (EEMP) for Sand Creek Road Central, CIP 336-3061, was approved by City Council on November 12, 2002.

BACKGROUND
The Transportation Blueprint Legislation of 1989 established the Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program using State gasoline tax monies to fund it. The Program offers grants each year to local, state and federal governmental agencies and to non-profit organizations for projects to mitigate the environmental impacts caused by new or modified state and local transportation facilities. Each project must be directly or indirectly related to the environmental impact of the modification of an existing transportation facility or construction of a new transportation facility. The projects funded by this program must provide mitigation or enhancement in addition to the mitigation required as part of the transportation project to which they are related.

The grant proposal submitted to the EEMP in 2002 was for landscaping along Sand Creek Central, 336-3061. Due to the state budget constraints the program was at first totally eliminated and then reinstated at a lower level of funding. The City has been notified that a decision regarding allocations for the proposals, including the Sand Creek Road Central project, should be made by early 2005.

The Finance, Parks and Recreation and Engineering Departments propose to apply for a grant in the amount of $249,891 in the Highway Landscape and Urban Forestry category for landscaping on Sand Creek Road East. The project currently has minimal funding for landscaping. The proposal will request funds for irrigation, trees and landscaping to be planted within the public road right of way. The Community Design Element of the City of Brentwood General Plan 2001-2021 designates Sand Creek Road as one of the “gateway routes” into the City where design criteria call for special landscape treatment. The grant will help augment City funds for the landscaping.

FISCAL IMPACT
There is no specified match amount for the Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program but projects with a component of matching funds will receive a higher rating. The proposed matching funds from the City of $92,136 equal approximately 30% of the total estimated project cost of $342,027. Funding for landscaping has been included in the budget for Sand Creek Road 336-3061.

Attachment:
Resolution
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RESOLUTION NO.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD APPROVING THE APPLICATION FOR GRANT FUNDS FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL ENHANCEMENT AND MITIGATION PROGRAM UNDER THE SECTION 164.56 OF THE STREETS AND HIGHWAYS CODE FOR THE HIGHWAY LANDSCAPING AND URBAN FORESTRY ON SAND CREEK ROAD EAST PROJECT, CIP 336-3061 AND AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE AND SUBMIT ALL DOCUMENTS WHICH MAY BE NECESSARY FOR THE COMPLETION OF THE PROJECT.

WHEREAS, the Legislature of the State of California has enacted AB 471 (Chapter 106 of the Statutes of 1989), which is intended to provide $10 million annually for a period of 10 years for grant funds to local, state and federal agencies and nonprofit entities for projects to enhance and mitigate the environmental impacts of modified or new public transportation facilities; and

WHEREAS, the Resources Agency has established the procedures and criteria for reviewing grant proposals and is required to submit to the California Transportation Commission a list of recommended projects from which the grant recipients will be selected; and

WHEREAS, said procedures and criteria established by the Resources Agency require a resolution certifying the approval of application by the applicant’s governing body before submission of said application to the State; and

WHEREAS, the application contains assurances that the applicant must comply with; and

WHEREAS, the applicant, if selected, will enter into an agreement with the State of California to carry out the environmental enhancement and mitigation project.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Brentwood hereby:
1. Approves the filing of an application for the Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program for grant assistance.
2. Certifies that said applicant will make adequate provisions for operation and maintenance of the project.
3. Appoints the 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 13th day of January, 2004 by the following vote:

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

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