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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 7

Meeting Date: August 26, 2008

Subject/Title: Adopt a Resolution approving and authorizing the City Manager to sign a Letter of Intent to Participate in the Contra Costa County Hazard Mitigation Planning Partnership

Prepared by: Brian Strock, Police Captain

Submitted by: Mark Evenson, Chief of Police


RECOMMENDATION
Adopt a Resolution approving and authorizing the City Manager to sign a Letter of Intent to Participate in the Contra Costa County Hazard Mitigation Planning Partnership

PREVIOUS ACTION
There has been no previous action on this item.

BACKGROUND
The Disaster Mitigation Act (DMA) of 2000 (Public Law 106-109) is federal legislation that establishes a Pre-disaster Mitigation Program and new requirements for the national Post-disaster Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The DMA encourages and rewards local and state pre-disaster planning, promotes sustainability, and seeks to integrate state and local planning with an overall goal of strengthening statewide hazard mitigation. The DMA stipulates that to be eligible for post-disaster mitigation assistance under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, local governments must develop and adopt pre-disaster, multi-hazard mitigation plans. The DMA specifies prescriptive planning requirements that plan’s must meet, including a requirement that the plans be updated at least every five (5) years.

A regional effort sponsored by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) created planning templates and regional risk assessment that local governments could follow to create DMA compliant plans. ABAG has stopped accepting any additional local government plans to be attached to their regional plan. It is estimated that there are approximately eighty (80) local governments as defined by the DMA within Contra Costa County. Many of these are special purpose districts that are owners and operators of critical facilities within the County. There are only seventeen (17) approved plans within the County which creates a huge void in the potential to secure federal funding for the hazard mitigation projects within the County.

The County has an adopted and approved plan that follows the ABAG template. This plan was adopted with the knowledge that even though the plan was deemed compliant with the requirements specified under the DMA, it was not all inclusive due to participation and partnership issues, and had gaps that would need to be addressed to leverage all sources of funding and to accurately reflect the risk within Contra Costa County.

The County applied for and was awarded a FEMA grant under the Pre-disaster Mitigation Program in September 2007. This grant will be used to revise, update, and enhance the existing County plan. A key point in the grant application process to FEMA was the County’s intention for the update to be multi-jurisdictional. The City of Brentwood’s participation as a planning partner would satisfy our requirements under the DMA for a Hazard Mitigation Plan.

FISCAL IMPACT
The participation of our City in this process will require staff time in order to prepare our portion of the plan. All costs associated will be absorbed by each department through their approved 2008/2009 budget.

Attachments:
Resolution
Letter of Intent to Participate







































RESOLUTION NO.


A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD APPROVING AND AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO SIGN A LETTER OF INTENT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONTRA COSTA COUNTY HAZARD MITIGATION PLANNING PARTNERSHIP


WHEREAS, the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 is federal legislation that establishes a Pre-disaster Mitigation Program and new requirements for the national Post-disaster Hazard Mitigation Grant Program; and

WHEREAS, to be eligible to for post-disaster mitigation assistance under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, local governments must develop and adopt pre-disaster, multi-hazard mitigation plans; and

WHEREAS, the Contra Costa County Hazard Mitigation Planning Partnership has been formed to satisfy the local government requirement; and

WHEREAS, the City of Brentwood is a local government within Contra Costa County and desires to participate as a planning partner.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Brentwood approves and authorizes the City Manager to sign a Letter of Intent to Participate in the Contra Costa County Hazard Mitigation Planning Partnership.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on the 26th day of August 2008 by the following vote:































August 26, 2008


Contra Costa County Hazard Mitigation Planning Partnership
C/O Rob Flaner, Tetra Tech, Inc.
90 South Blackwood Avenue
Eagle, ID 83616

Dear Contra Costa County Planning Partnership:

Please be advised that the City of Brentwood is committed to participating in the development of the Contra Costa County Local Hazard Mitigation Plan update. As the City Manager for the City of Brentwood, I certify that I will commit all reasonable resources in order to meet Partnership expectations to obtain Disaster Mitigation Act (DMA) compliance for our City.

Police Captain Brian Strock will be the City’s point of contact for this process and he can be reached at (925) 809-7702.

Sincerely,



Donna Landeros
City Manager for the City of Brentwood


 
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