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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 15

Meeting Date: April 26, 2005

Subject/Title: Approve a resolution authorizing the filing of an application for Federal Surface Transportation Program and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program funding in the amount of $600,000 for the Walnut Boulevard Widening Project, CIP 336-3056

Prepared by: Finance: Karen Wahl, Grants Administrator

Submitted by: Engineering: Bailey Grewal, City Engineer

RECOMMENDATION
Approve a Resolution authorizing the filing of an application for Cycle 2 TEA-21 Reauthorization Federal Surface Transportation Program (STP) and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) funding in the amount of $600,000 for the Walnut Boulevard Widening Project, CIP 336-3056.

PREVIOUS ACTION
On November 28, 1995, City Council approved a resolution authorizing the submittal of a grant proposal to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) for the Intermodal Surface Transportation and Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA).

On May 26, 1998, the City Council approved an updated Master Agreement with the State of California, Administering Agency-State Agreement for Federal Aid Projects, 04-5300.

On March 13, 2001, the City Council authorized the City Manager to execute Program Supplement Agreement No. 002-M for reimbursement of costs for preliminary engineering for the Walnut Boulevard Widening Project, CIP Project No. 336-3056.

On June 24, 2004, City Council approved a resolution authorizing the filing of an application for Cycle 2 TEA-21 Reauthorization funds through the Federal Surface Transportation Program for the Walnut Boulevard Widening Project, CIP 336-3056,

BACKGROUND
Last May, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (Authority) released a call for projects for the second cycle of federal STP funds and Council approved the submittal of a proposal for partial funding of the Walnut Boulevard Widening Project, CIP 336-3056. Approximately $6.135 million was available for Contra Costa in FY 2005/06 and FY 2006/07 to program for pavement maintenance and rehabilitation projects. The Authority received a total of 20 applications totaling approximately $10.88 million in requests. The Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC) scored the candidate projects and 12 out of 20 projects were funded. Eight projects were not funded at that time due to limited funds.

MTC has informed Authority staff that an additional $2.8 million is now available for pavement overlay projects in Contra Costa. Once the funds are programmed for these projects they must be obligated by April 1, 2006. MTC advised that due to the expedited schedule it would be challenging to use the funds unless the project is currently in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and has already received environmental clearance/review from Caltrans Local Assistance.

The TCC considered how best to utilize the funds at their meeting of March 17, 2005 and recommended using the ranked list of projects that was the outcome of the May 2004 call for projects. Projects in Lafayette, San Ramon, Brentwood and Contra Costa County are proposed to be funded with the additional $2.8 million.

The projects selected from the 2004 unfunded list are (in ranked order):

1) Lafayette
Mt Diablo Blvd (Brown Avenue to Pleasant Hill Rd) ($600k)
2) San Ramon
Alcosta Blvd Overlay (Bollinger Canyon to Montevideo Dr) ($600k)
3) Brentwood
Walnut Blvd Reconstruction (Oak St to Balfour Rd) ($600k)
4) Contra Costa County
Central Co. Overlay (Pacheco, Willow Pass & Port Chicago) ($593k)
5) Contra Costa County
Byron Hwy Overlay - Phase 1 (Byron Hot Springs Rd to 1500 ft north of North Burns Way) ($571k)

The next step in the application process is the submittal of a certified copy of a resolution of support authorizing the application, committing to the required match and stating the assurance of the City of Brentwood to complete the project (resolution attached).

FISCAL IMPACT
Funding from the Surface Transportation Program has been recommended in the amount of $600,000 with a required 11.47% match for the Walnut Boulevard Widening project. The matching funds are available from Facility Fees which were budgeted for the Walnut Boulevard Widening project in the Capital Improvement Program Budget 2004/05 – 2008/09 and are included in the 2005/06 – 2009/10 CIP. Annual maintenance costs for the project are estimated to be $9,476.

Attachments:
Resolution
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RESOLUTION NO.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD APPROVING AND AUTHORIZING THE FILING OF AN APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL SURFACE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM AND CONGESTION MITIGATION AND AIR QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FUNDING IN THE AMOUNT OF $600,000 FOR THE WALNUT BOULEVARD WIDENING PROJECT, CIP 336-3056 AND COMMITTING THE NECESSARY LOCAL MATCH FOR THE PROJECT AND STATING THE ASSURANCE OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD TO COMPLETE THE PROJECT

WHEREAS, the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA 21) (Public Law 105-178, June 9, 1998) and the TEA 21 Restoration Act (Public Law 105-206, July 22, 1998) continue the Surface Transportation Program (23 U.S.C. § 133 and the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) (23 U.S.C. § 149); and

WHEREAS, pursuant to TEA 21, and the regulations promulgated thereunder, eligible project sponsors wishing to receive Surface Transportation Program or Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program grants for a project shall submit an application first with the appropriate metropolitan transportation planning organization (MPO), for review and inclusion in the MPO’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP); and

WHEREAS, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission is the MPO for the San Francisco Bay region; and

WHEREAS, the City of Brentwood is an eligible project sponsor for Surface Transportation Program or Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program funds; and

WHEREAS, the City of Brentwood wishes to submit a grant application to MTC for funds from the Surface Transportation Program or Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program in Second Cycle for the following project:

Pavement reconstruction and overlay as a part of the Walnut Boulevard Widening Project, CIP 336-3056.

WHEREAS, MTC requires, as part of the application, a resolution stating the following:

1) The commitment of necessary local matching funds of at least 11.47%; and

2) That the sponsor understands that the Surface Transportation Program and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program funding is fixed at the programmed amount, and therefore any cost increase cannot be expected to be funded with Surface Transportation Program or Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program funds; and

3) The assurance of the sponsor to complete the project as described in the application, and if approved, as programmed in MTC’s TIP; and

4) That the sponsor understands that funds must be obligated by June 30 of the year that the project is programmed for in the TIP, or the project may be removed from the program.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

1) The City of Brentwood is an eligible sponsor of projects in the STP, CMAQ and TE Program; and

2) The City of Brentwood is authorized to submit an application for STP, CMAQ and TE funds for the Walnut Boulevard Widening Project, CIP 336-3056; and

3) There is no legal impediment to the City of Brentwood making applications for STP, CMAQ and TE funds; and

4) There is no pending or threatened litigation which might in any way adversely affect the proposed project, or the ability of the City of Brentwood to deliver such project.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood that the City Manager or City Engineer is authorized to execute and file an application for funding under the Surface Transportation Program or the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program of TEA-21 Reauthorization in the amount of $600,000 for the Walnut Boulevard Widening Project; CIP 336-3056; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Brentwood by adopting this resolution does hereby state that:

1) The City of Brentwood will provide $77,736 in local matching funds; and

2) The City of Brentwood understands that the Surface Transportation Program and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program funding for the project is fixed at $600,000, and that any cost increases must be funded by the City of Brentwood from local matching funds, and that the City of Brentwood does not expect any cost increases to be funded with Surface Transportation Program or Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program funds; and

3) The Walnut Boulevard Widening Project, CIP 336-3056 will be built as described in this resolution, and if approved, for the amount shown in the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) with obligation occurring within the timeframe established below; and

4) The program funds are expected to be obligated by September 30 of the year the project is programmed in the TIP.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution will be transmitted to the MTC in conjunction with the filing of the application; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the MTC is requested to support the application for the project described in the resolution and to program the project, if approved in MTC’s TIP.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on the 26th day of April, 2005. 

 

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