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CITY OF BRENTWOOD
REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY MEETING MINUTES

MARCH 8, 2005
COUNCIL CHAMBER

CALL TO ORDER REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY (07:29 PM)

Roll Call (07:29 PM)
Present: Beckstrand; Gutierrez; Swisher; Taylor; Vacancy One

AGENDA REVIEW - None (07:29 PM)

CITIZEN COMMENTS - None (07:29 PM)

CONSENT CALENDAR (07:29 PM)

1. Approved Minutes of January 25, 2005. (K. Chew/C. Garcia)

2. Approved Warrant List dated March 8, 2005. (P. Ehler).

3. Adopted Resolution No. RDA-96 authorizing the Executive Director or his designee to accept a Grant Deed transferring ownership of the property located at 1000 Central Boulevard (APN 017-160-004) to the Brentwood Redevelopment Agency, CIP Project No. 336-3110. (H. Sword/G. Rozenski)

CONSENT CALENDAR ACTIONS (07:29 PM)

Motion: Approve Consent Calendar Items 1 - 3 as recommended.
Moved by Beckstrand, seconded by Taylor.
Vote: Motion carried 4-0.
Yes: Beckstrand; Gutierrez; Swisher; Taylor

PUBLIC HEARINGS (07:29 PM)

4. Consideration of a Resolution adopting the Five-Year Implementation Plan for FY 2004/05 to 2008/09 for the Merged Brentwood and North Brentwood Redevelopment Projects. (H. Sword/G. Rozenski)

Redevelopment Manager, Gina Rozenski, presented a staff report explaining the Five-Year Implementation Plan, which was a business plan that could be amended by the Agency. Staff proposed two new programs: the Rehabilitation Loan Program and the Health and Safety Program.

In response to Mayor Swisher, Manager Rozenski explained that Eden Housing, Villa Amador and Mercy Housing were in jeopardy. The Federal Government had cut back on the Section 8 voucher and the County had taken the budget on home grants and used it to backfill what was lost in Section 8. Villa Amador and Eden Housing were already in the pipeline, just later on down that line. The City had committed funds to the projects which had been asked to look elsewhere for additional funds before they returned to the City and Agency.

Mayor Swisher opened the public hearing.

Mike McPoland said he did not totally agree with the plan. What had happened in the north was that the implementation had changed. He was pleased to see that Lone Oak area was being addressed along with new construction. The north had gone downhill as far as blight, which he believed was the main focus of redevelopment. He said he felt the implementation of funds had not gone according to the reason they were borrowed and could not be used for public facilities. He recommended that there be code enforcement and neighborhood clean ups to address blight.

Motion: Approve closing the public hearing.
Moved by Swisher, seconded by Beckstrand.
Vote: Motion carried 4-0.
Yes: Taylor; Swisher; Gutierrez; Beckstrand

Redevelopment Manager Rozenski responded to Mr. McPoland's comments regarding redevelopment funds for community facilities. She stated it was specific in redevelopment law that funds could not be used for city administration or city hall buildings and there were liminted exceptions such as if there was an earthquake or natural disaster declared. Community facility fees were a lawful use of redevelopment funds for such things as libraries, recreational and police facilties. Community facility fees were collected for a whole host of projects and the City had the authority to determine how the fees were used.

Council Member Taylor asked that findings be made in order to use the funds for blight in the area.

Director of Community Development, Howard Sword, explained that he would direct the Chief Building Official to have Code Enforcement Officers check the area, which had already been funded. Code Enforcement Officers could bring an abatement recommendation when violations were found anywhere in the City.

Bailey Grewal explained that there was a City masterplan and a development fee.

Mayor Swisher asked if this fell under the new rehabilitation program and if the 25 homes in the north City area could apply for the rehabilitation.

Manager Rozenski said that only three loans had been given to residents for home rehabilitation in the last few years for windows, roofs, handicap accessibility and new plumbing and electrical. Within the Redevelopment Project Area, there were older homes. The loan amount was only $40,000 and the rehabilitation loan program that staff recommended at a later date was to augment or supplement the County program to make the maximum loan amount more than $40,000 to address older homes in the project area and bring them up to date.

Motion: Approve waiving full reading and adopting Resolution No. RDA-97 approving the Five-Year Implementation Plan for FY 2004/05 to 2008/09 for the Merged Brentwood and North Brentwood Redevelopment Projects as recommended.
Moved by Beckstrand, seconded by Gutierrez.
Vote: Motion carried 4-0.
Yes: Taylor; Swisher; Gutierrez; Beckstrand

NEW BUSINESS (07:57 PM)

5. Discussion and approval of revised Redevelopment Agency project priorities funded by the 2001 Tax Allocation Bond Proceeds in coordination with Capital Improvement Program. (H. Sword/G. Rozenski)

Council Member Beckstrand requested that the discussions on Item 5 be separated apart from Lone Oak Road issues. If the separation was made, she would be allowed to participate on the other items or she would need to recuse herself from that discussion due to a conflict.

Redevelopment Agency Manager, Gina Rozenski, presented a staff report explaining priorities and recommendations for 2005. She suggested two new programs, the first being the potential funding of a new police station in the amount of $2 million and a community playhouse in the downtown for $1.4 million.

Council Member Gutierrez asked for ways to bring the area of Brentwood Boulevard between Village Drive and KFC up to a better status and redevelop that area.

In response to Council Member Taylor, Manager Rozenski responded that Community Redevelopment law had a very defined definition of blight and there had to be evidence of fiscal and economical blight and it was not easy to establish a project area. The two Specific Plans that were to be adopted would consider and address certain blight conditions.

Motion: Approved the revised Redevelopment Agency project priorities funded by the 2001 Tax Allocation Bond Proceeds in coordination with Capital Improvement Program as recommended.
Moved by Gutierrez, seconded by Swisher.
Vote: Motion carried 3-0.
Yes: Gutierrez; Swisher; Taylor
Abstain: Beckstrand

REQUESTS FOR FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS - None (08:10 PM)

ADJOURNMENT (08:10 PM)

Motion: Approve adjournment.
Moved by Swisher, seconded by Taylor.
Vote: Motion carried 4-0.
Yes: Beckstrand; Gutierrez; Swisher; Taylor

Respectfully Submitted,

Cynthia Garcia

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