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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 18

Meeting Date: December 9, 2008

Subject/Title: Adopt a Resolution authorizing: (1) the acceptance of the grant award from the State of California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) in the amount of $10,547.78 for the Sobriety Checkpoint Mini-Grant Program for 2008-2009; (2) the Chief of Police or his designee to sign a funding agreement with the State of California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and any other documents necessary to implement the program; and (3) an amendment to the 2008/09 Operating Budget increasing revenues and expenses by $10,548 for the Sobriety Checkpoint Mini-Grant Program.

Prepared by: Craig Hirsch, Sergeant

Submitted by: Mark Evenson, Chief of Police

RECOMMENDATION
Adopt a Resolution authorizing: (1) the acceptance of the grant award from the State of California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) in the amount of $10,547.78 for the Sobriety Checkpoint Mini-Grant Program for 2008-2009; (2) the Chief of Police or his designee to sign a funding agreement with the State of California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and any other documents necessary to implement the program; and (3) an amendment to the 2008/09 Operating Budget increasing revenues and expenses by $10,548 for the Sobriety Checkpoint Mini-Grant Program.

PREVIOUS ACTION
None.

BACKGROUND
The Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), funds sobriety checkpoints throughout California. The OTS mini-grants are administered by the University of California, Berkeley, Traffic Safety Center (TSC).

The goal of the Sobriety Checkpoint Mini-Grant Program For 2008-2009 is to reduce the number of victims killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes in cities participating in this program. Sobriety checkpoints are an effective way to maximize the deterrent effect and increase the perception of apprehension of motorists who would operate a vehicle while impaired by alcohol. Studies conducted in California and other states point to the fact that cities conducting sobriety checkpoints report substantial reductions in alcohol-involved crashes. Additionally, organizations such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) call sobriety checkpoints one of the most important DUI countermeasures available to law enforcement agencies.

The period of this grant contract, October 01, 2008 to September 08, 2009, encompasses two national mobilization periods: the Winter Holiday Mobilization period, December 12, 2008 - January 03, 2009 and the Labor Day Mobilization period, August 21, 2009 - September 07, 2009. The grant award will allow the Brentwood Police Department to conduct two sobriety checkpoints in Brentwood in accordance with this Contract. Each check point will provide overtime staffing for one sergeant, six officers and two Community Service Officers.

FISCAL IMPACT
The California Office of Traffic Safety Mini-Grant will provide revenue of up to $10,547.78 for the overtime incurred in the operation of up to 2 sobriety checkpoints in the City of Brentwood, administered by the University of California Berkeley Traffic Safety Center. The Mini-Grant period is October 1, 2008 to September 8, 2009, maximum allowed overtime cost per check point is $5,273.89. The Mini-Grant will fund all costs related to the operation of the 2 eight hour sobriety check points.

The Sobriety Checkpoint Mini-Grant Program was not part of the FY08-09 budget, as such there will need to be an increase in the revenue and expenditures of overtime for the FY 08-09 budget. The 2008/09 Operating Budget for 216-15140 (Traffic Safety) will be increased by $10,548 for both revenue and expenses and is a one time revenue and expense.

Attachment:
Resolution

RESOLUTION NO.

ADOPT A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING: (1) THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE GRANT AWARD FROM THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA OFFICE OF TRAFFIC SAFETY (OTS) IN THE AMOUNT OF $10,547.78 FOR THE SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT MINI-GRANT PROGRAM FOR 2008-2009; (2) THE CHIEF OF POLICE OR HIS DESIGNEE TO SIGN A FUNDING AGREEMENT WITH THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA OFFICE OF TRAFFIC SAFETY (OTS) AND ANY OTHER DOCUMENTS NECESSARY TO IMPLEMENT THE PROGRAM; AND (3) AN AMENDMENT TO THE 2008/09 OPERATING BUDGET INCREASING REVENUES AND EXPENSES BY $10,548 FOR THE SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT MINI-GRANT PROGRAM FOR 2008-2009

WHEREAS, the State of California Office of Traffic Safety provides monies for funding the Sobriety Checkpoint Mini-Grant Program for 2008-2009; and

WHEREAS, the University of California, Berkeley, Traffic Safety Center (TSC) has been charged with administering the money to local law enforcement agencies; and

WHEREAS, the City of Brentwood is eligible to receive monies for the FY 08/09 and FY 09/10 budgets, it is anticipated these funds will be used for implementing the Sobriety Checkpoint Mini-Grant Program for 2008-2009,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Brentwood does hereby authorize:

(1) the acceptance of the grant award from the State of California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) in the amount of $10,547.78 for the Sobriety Checkpoint Mini-Grant Program for 2008-2009;

(2) the Chief of Police or his designee to sign a funding agreement with the State of California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and any other documents necessary to implement the program;

(3) the 2008/09 Operating Budget is amended by increasing revenues and expenses by $10,548 in Fund 216 for the Sobriety Checkpoint Mini-Grant Program.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on December 9, 2008, by the following vote:


 
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