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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 25

Meeting Date: December 14, 2004

Subject/Title: Approve a Resolution certifying the mitigated Negative Declaration for the Surface Water Treatment Facility - Phase 1, CIP Project No. 562-5629 and authorize staff to move forward with the project.

Prepared by: Engineering: P. Eldredge

Submitted by: Engineering: B. Grewal

RECOMMENDATION
Approve a Resolution certifying the mitigated Negative Declaration for the Surface Water Treatment Facility - Phase I, CIP Project No. 562-5629.

PREVIOUS ACTION
On September 26, 1995, City Council approved Resolution No. 95-215, authorizing the execution of an agreement with the Contra Costa Water District for water supply.

On March 10, 1998, City Council approved Resolution No. 98-41, approving the principles of the agreement between East Contra Costa Irrigation District (ECCID), Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) and the City of Brentwood for Long-Term Water Supply and authorizing the City Engineer to continue negotiations with ECCID and CCWD to reach a mutually beneficial agreement for all parties.

On December 14, 1999, City Council approved Resolution No. 99-254, approving the agreements between East Contra Costa Irrigation District (ECCID), Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) and the City of Brentwood for long-term water supply, conveyance and treatment.

On August 12, 2003, City Council approved Resolution No. 2949, authorizing the City Manager to execute the amendment to the agreement with the Contra Costa Water District pertaining to treated water services.

On August 12, 2003, City Council approved Resolution No. 2944, authorizing the City Manager to execute a Professional Services Agreement for Raines, Melton & Carella, Inc. for the Design Contract for the Surface Water Treatment Facility - Phase I, CIP Project No. 562-5629

On August 24, 2004, City Council approved Resolution No. 2004-206, authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement with the Contra Costa Water District pertaining to long term treated water services as a part of the Surface Water Treatment Facility - Phase II, CIP Project No. 562-5629.

BACKGROUND
The agreement between ECCID and Brentwood approved by the City Council in December of 1999 provided the City with the first right of refusal of 14,800 acre-feet of water annually to be used for municipal purposes. Additionally, the City Council approved an agreement with CCWD in December of 1999, to resolve overlapping service boundaries, provide interim treatment of this new found water source at CCWD’s Randall-Bold Water Treatment Plant (RBWTP) and required both agencies to continue discussions for long treatment possibilities.

Currently the City pumps this water from the RBWTP through a pipeline owned and operated by the Diablo Water District under a separate agreement. As the City of Oakley continues to grow, which is essentially DWD’s service area, there will become less and less capacity available in the pipeline currently utilized by Brentwood. Additionally, it was always understood that this wheeling agreement was to be an interim solution until the City could evaluate alternatives for treatment of its surface water supply and locate a treatment facility.

As part of the options staff has analyzed for the long term delivery of treated water to Brentwood, a pipeline and pump station would need to be constructed to deliver this treated water. However, it was concluded that this pipeline and pump station could be constructed now to provide reliable and sufficient pumping and distribution capacity for the immediate delivery of water from the purchased capacity in the existing RBWTP. Therefore, the Surface Water Treatment Facility Project has been dissected into different phases, with the pipeline and pump station being the first and the new treatment facility to be the next.

The City’s environmental consultant for this project, Jones and Stokes and Associates (JSA), has prepared the subject mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), which requires state and local government agencies to consider the environmental consequences of proposed projects. The intent of the MND is to provide information concerning any potential environmental effects of the proposed project and to indicate possible ways to reduce or avoid potential significant effects. It is not the purpose of the MND to either recommend approval or denial of the proposed project.

JSA has investigated and analyzed the environmental impacts of this project and identified appropriate mitigation measures, which are addressed in the MND. Comments have been solicited from the public and affected regulatory agencies. Two comments or responses were received either by the City or the State Clearinghouse. All impacts were found to be mitigable to levels of insignificance. A mitigation monitoring program has been developed and incorporated into the mitigated Negative Declaration to ensure that the appropriate mitigation measures are properly administered.

The following categories of environmental effects and recommended mitigation measures were considered in the mitigated Negative Declaration:
• Land Use
• Biological Resources
• Transportation and Circulation
• Air Quality
• Hydrology and Water Quality
• Utilities and Safety
• Noise and Vibration

FISCAL IMPACT
There is no direct fiscal impact associated with approval of the MND. Any costs associated with the appropriate mitigation measures have been accounted for in the project budget and will be implemented during the appropriate milestone of the project.

Attachment: Resolution
Site Map
State Clearinghouse Letter
Negative Declaration

RESOLUTION NO.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD CERTIFYING THE MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION FOR THE SURFACE WATER TREATMENT FACILITY - PHASE 1, CIP PROJECT NO. 562-5629 AND AUTHORIZE STAFF TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE PROJECT.

WHEREAS, on December 14, 1999, City Council approved Resolution No. 99-254, approving the agreements between East Contra Costa Irrigation District (ECCID), Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) and the City of Brentwood for long-term water supply, conveyance and treatment; and

WHEREAS, on August 12, 2003, City Council approved Resolution No. 2949, authorizing the City Manager to execute the amendment to the agreement with the Contra Costa Water District pertaining to treated water services; and

WHEREAS, on August 12, 2003, City Council approved Resolution No. 2944, authorizing the City Manager to execute a Professional Services Agreement for Raines, Melton & Carella, Inc. for the Design Contract for the Surface Water Treatment Facility - Phase I, CIP Project No. 562-5629; and

WHEREAS, on August 24, 2004, City Council approved Resolution No. 2004-206, authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement with the Contra Costa Water District pertaining to long term treated water services as a part of the Surface Water Treatment Facility - Phase II, CIP Project No. 562-5629; and

WHEREAS, the City’s environmental consultant for this project, Jones and Stokes and Associates (JSA) has investigated and analyzed the environmental impacts of this project and identified appropriate mitigation measures, which are addressed in the mitigated Negative Declaration (MND); and

WHEREAS, comments have been solicited from the public and affected regulatory agencies and two comments or responses were received either by the City or the State Clearinghouse; and

WHEREAS, all impacts were found to be mitigable to levels of insignificance and a mitigation monitoring program has been developed and incorporated into the MND to ensure that the appropriate mitigation measures are properly administered; and

WHEREAS, the following categories of environmental effects and recommended mitigation measures were considered in the MND; land use, biological resources, transportation and circulation, air quality, hydrology and water quality, utilities and safety and noise and vibration.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the City Council of the City of Brentwood certify the mitigated Negative Declaration for the Surface Water Treatment Facility - Phase 1, CIP Project No. 562-5629 and authorize staff to move forward with the project.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on the 14th day of December 2004 by the following vote:
 

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