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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 8

Meeting Date: September 28, 2004

Subject/Title: Approve a Resolution approving the application for California Cultural and Historical Endowment Grant Funds for the John Marsh Home Rehabilitation Project

Prepared by: Finance: Karen Wahl, Grants Administrator

Submitted by: Craig Bronzan, Parks and Recreation Director

RECOMMENDATION
Approve a Resolution approving the application for California Cultural and Historical Endowment grant funds under the California Clean Water, Clean Air, Safe Neighborhood Parks, and Coastal Protection Act of 2002 for the John Marsh Home Rehabilitation Project.

PREVIOUS ACTION
On April 27, 2004 Council waived the second reading and adopted Ordinance 775 amending the Municipal Code by Pre-zoning the Vineyards at Marsh Creek Project to Planned Development No. 64; Ordinance No. 776 amending the General Plan Text and Map; Ordinance No. 777 amending the Zoning Ordinance to include Planned Development No. 64 with development guidelines for PD-64; Ordinance No. 778 approving the Development Agreement between the City of Brentwood and the Vineyards at Marsh Creek LLC.

On April 27, 2004, Council approved Resolution No. 2004-95 amending Resolution No. 2004-84 initiating an application to the Contra Costa County Local Agency Formation Commission for Annexation No. 02-01 and adopted a Resolution adding East Contra Costa Irrigation District to the application to the Contra Costa County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) initiating Annexation No. 02-01 referred to as the Vineyards at Marsh Creek Project, the Contra Costa County Community College site, and the John Marsh House site, located at the terminus of Fairview Avenue and Concord Avenue, west of Marsh Creek, east and north of the new State Park on the former Cowell Ranch consisting of approximately 624 acres.

BACKGROUND
Proposition 40, approved by California voters in 2002, included funding specifically designated for the John Marsh Home. With the passage of AB 716 however, the funding was combined with other unencumbered funds and appropriated for a competitive program overseen by the California Historical and Cultural Endowment (CCHE). The CCHE was established in 2002 in the California State Library with a goal of creating a competitive grant program to fund public agencies and nonprofit organizations that will share the many stories and narrative events that make up California’s culture and history.

An application has been prepared requesting funding from the CCHE for rehabilitation of the John Marsh Home. The City of Brentwood will be a working partner with the State Department of Parks and Recreation in this funding effort and will be entering into a Joint Powers Agreement with the State, East Bay Regional Park District and the John Marsh Historic Trust for further rehabilitation and development of the park site as well as for on-going maintenance and operation of the Park and the John Marsh Home. Rehabilitation of the home means more than a reminder of a prominent pioneer, it represents the architectural, social, cultural, and economic development of early California.

The John Marsh Home Rehabilitation project meets the criteria for funding by the CCHE as their first priority:

1. Preserve, interpret, and enhance understanding and appreciation of the significant elements that add to the State’s cultural, social, and economic evolution such as:
• Significant events occurring in the 20th century
• Unique identifiable ethnic and other communities
• Culturally significant changes
• Illustrations of California’s economic strength
• Native American archeology, history and culture
• California history, archeology and culture

One of the requirements of application to the CCHE is the submittal of a resolution acknowledging that the City is applying for funds with the State Department of Parks and Recreation and the John Marsh Historic Trust as co-signers. The City will continue to move forward in the development of a financial partnership with the State and East Bay Regional Park District in support of the Park.

All Californians lose if history only exists in text books. We must use this opportunity to restore the John Marsh Home and use it to interpret the impact John Marsh had on early California history, architecture and society.

FISCAL IMPACT
The California Cultural and Historic Endowment Board has determined that all grant applications are subject to a matching fund requirement of 1:1. The application will request a total of $4.85 million dollars with matching funds as follows:

• $350,000 from the developer of the Vineyards for completion of the Pioneer State Park General Plan
• $4.5 million from park development fees from the Vineyards project
• By 2010, approximately $300,000 annually from implementation of Community Facilities Districts

The State Department of Parks and Recreation will provide staff to complete the General Plan for the site and for the rehabilitation of the home as well as staffing for the Park once it is opened to the Public.

East Bay Regional Park District has responsibility for open space adjacent to the State Park site and will continue to patrol and monitor that area.

The John Marsh Historic Trust has already contributed a substantial amount as a match to State funds for the stabilization of the John Marsh Home as well as many volunteer hours and has committed to continue in their efforts to save the Home.

Attachments:
Resolution
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RESOLUTION NO.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD APPROVING THE APPLICATION FOR CCHE GRANT FUNDS FOR THE CALIFORNIA CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL ENDOWMENT (CCHE) UNDER THE CALIFORNIA CLEAN WATER, CLEAN AIR, SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS, AND COASTAL PROTECTION ACT OF 2002 FOR THE JOHN MARSH HOME REHABILITATION PROJECT

WHEREAS, the people of the State of California have enacted the California Clean Water, Clean Air, Safe Neighborhood Parks, and Coastal Protection Act of 2002 (Proposition 40), which provides funds to the State of California for the California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE) Grant Program; and

WHEREAS, Proposition 40, approved by California voters in 2002, included funding specifically designated for the John Marsh Home; and

WHEREAS, in September 2002, Governor Davis signed The California Cultural and Historical Endowment Act (The Act), which established the California Cultural and Historical Endowment in the California State Library (AB 716, Firebaugh, Chapter 1126, Statutes of 2002); and

WHEREAS, The Act requires the Endowment to use Proposition 40 funds to make grants and loans to public agencies and nonprofit organizations to protect and preserve California’s cultural and historic resources; and

WHEREAS, in August 2003, the state budget authorized the Endowment to spend $128 million of Proposition 40 money to carry out its programs which sum included the amount formerly designated for the John Marsh Home; and

WHEREAS, the California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE) has been delegated the responsibility for the administration of the Grant Program, setting up necessary procedures; and

WHEREAS, it is the intent of the City of Brentwood to enter into a Joint Powers Agreement with the California State Parks and Recreation Department and the East Bay Regional Park District for the operation and maintenance of the John Marsh Home and associated property; and

WHEREAS, these procedures require the City of Brentwood to certify by resolution the approval of an application before submission of the application to the California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE); and

WHEREAS, if the City of Brentwood is awarded a grant along with the State Department of Parks and Recreation and other agencies, the City of Brentwood will enter into a Grant Agreement with the California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE) for the project.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD:

1. Approves the filing of a CCHE Grant Application for the above project to be funded from the California Clean Water, Clean Air, Safe Neighborhood Parks, and Coastal Protection Act of 2002; and

2. Certifies that the City of Brentwood has or will have funds to contribute, along with the State Department of Parks and Recreation and other entities to operate and maintain the project; and

3. Certifies that the City has reviewed, understands and agrees to the General Provisions of the Grant Agreement; and

4. Appoints the City Manager as agent to conduct all negotiations, execute and submit all documents including, but not limited to, applications, agreements, payment requests and so forth on behalf of the City, which may be necessary for the completion of the project.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on the 28th day of September 2004 by the following vote:
 

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