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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 22

Meeting Date: June 28, 2005

Subject/Title: Approve a Resolution authorizing the submittal of a grant application in the amount of $359,000 to the State Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for the 2005/06 Safe Routes to School (SR2S) Program, Sixth Cycle for funding of the Second Street/Pine Street Traffic Signal project, no CIP number assigned.

Prepared by: Finance: K. Wahl

Submitted by: Engineering: B. Grewal

RECOMMENDATION
Approve a Resolution authorizing the submittal of a grant application in the amount of $359,000 to the State Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for the 2005/06 Safe Routes to School (SR2S) Program, Sixth Cycle for funding of the Second Street/Pine Street Traffic Signal Project, no CIP number assigned, and authorizing the City Engineer to execute and submit all necessary documents.

PREVIOUS ACTION
None.

BACKGROUND
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 to January 1, 2005. On September 9, 2004 Governor Schwarzenegger signed SB 1087 (Soto) extending the Safe Routes to School program for three more years. The SR2S program is now scheduled to sunset on January 1, 2008. 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 five general categories for SR2S projects including Pedestrian Facilities, Traffic Calming and Traffic Control Devices, Bicycle Facilities and Public Outreach and Education. Due to the pedestrian and vehicle congestion at this location staff proposes to apply for funds in the Traffic Control Devices category. Eligible costs are new or upgraded traffic signals, crosswalks, pavement markings, traffic signs, traffic striping, in-roadway crosswalk lights, and all other pedestrian- and bicycle-related traffic control devices. The project will include construction of a four-way traffic signal including pedestrian phases, crosswalk striping and construction of ADA compliant curb ramps.

FISCAL IMPACT
The Safe Routes to School program will reimburse up to 90% of project costs up to a maximum of $450,000 and requires a minimum 10% match from local funds. The total estimated project cost for the Second Street/Pine Street Traffic Signal is $308,000 and the maximum reimbursement is $277,200. The minimum match requirement is $30,800 which is budgeted for the project from facility fees in the 2005/06 – 2009/10 Capital Improvement Program. The remaining $42,000 is estimated on-site improvements at Liberty High School. The funding for the on-site improvements will come from a combination of facility fees and the school district.

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RESOLUTION NO.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD AUTHORIZING THE APPLICATION FOR GRANT FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $350,000 FROM THE 2005/06 SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL (SR2S) PROGRAM, SIXTH CYCLE FOR FUNDING OF THE SECOND STREET/PINE STREET TRAFFIC SIGNAL PROJECT, NO CIP NUMBER ASSIGNED, AND AUTHORIZING THE CITY ENGINEER TO EXECUTE AND SUBMIT ALL DOCUMENTS WHICH MAY BE NECESSARY.

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; and

WHEREAS, on September 9, 2004 Governor Schwarzenegger signed SB 1087 (Soto) into law extending the Safe Route to School program to January 1, 2008; and

WHEREAS. The Safe Routes to School project is a highly competitive program intended to improve and enhance the safety of pedestrian and bicycle facilities and related infrastructure; and

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 an agreement with the State of California to carry out the 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 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 requirement.

4. Appoints the City Manager or 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.
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PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on the 28th day of June 2005 by the following vote:

AYES: Councilmembers
NOES:
ABSENT:
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Brian Swisher
Mayor

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