CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM
Meeting Date: February 24, 2004
Subject/Title: 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, Fifth Cycle
Submitted by: Finance: P. Ehler/K. Wahl
Engineering: B. Grewal/B. Bornstein
Approved by: John Stevenson, City Manager
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, fifth cycle, and authorizing the City Engineer to
execute and submit all documents which may be necessary.
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 listed below are proposed for
application to the 2003/04 SR2S program are in the sidewalk and
pedestrian/bicycle crossing and traffic diversion categories.
1. Construction of an additional drop-off / pick-up area at Ron Nunn School
by creating a loop road around the school site. This project will provide
for better separation of pedestrians and bicycles from vehicular traffic and
reduce the congestion during morning and afternoon peak periods.
2. Construction of curb, gutter and sidewalk on the east side of Minnesota
Avenue, from approximately Glenwillow Drive to Randy Way, and installation
of flashing beacons and a lighted crosswalk at the existing mid-block
crosswalk to Bristow School. This project will close the gap in the sidewalk
on the east side of Minnesota Avenue across from Bristow School and provide
for a safer crossing for pedestrians.
The Safe Routes to School program will reimburse up to 90% of project costs
and requires a minimum 10% match from local funds. The total estimated
project cost for the Minnesota Avenue Sidewalk Improvements is $196,300 and
will include the construction of a sidewalk, curb and gutter on the east
side of Minnesota Avenue and installation of flashing beacons and lighted
crosswalk. Staff proposes a match of approximately $50,000, which is
budgeted from Facility Fees in the 2003/04 – 2007-08 Capital Improvement
The second project, the Ron Nunn School drop-off / pick-up area is estimated
to cost $457,114. In order to make our application more competitive, staff
recommends a proposal for $300,000 with a City match of $157,114. The match
will be a combination of the value of the land contributed by the school
district for the new drop-off/pick-up area, tentatively estimated to be
$75,500 and $81,614 from the General Fund - Streets as indicated in the
2003/04 – 2007/08 Capital Improvement Program.
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
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;
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
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
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.
PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at
a regular meeting held on the 24th day of February 2004 by the following
Karen Diaz, CMC
City Clerk/Director of Administrative Services