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Meeting Date: November 15, 2016
AGENDA ITEM: Resolution Authorizing Interim City Manager to Sign and File an Application with the US Department of Agriculture requesting funding from the Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant Program.
MEETING DATE: November 15, 2016
PREPARED BY: Alfonso Manrique, Alternate City Engineer
REVIEWED BY: Odi Ortiz, Interim City Manager
That the City Council adopt Resolution No. 2016-_, a resolution authorizing the Interim City manager to sign and file an application with the US department of Agriculture requesting funding from the Emergency Community Assistance Grant Program.
BACKGROUND AND DISCUSSION:
Some of the residences located near the intersection of Robin Ave and Peach Ave have reported their wells to be failing due to the drought. These residences are currently outside the City limits and the County of Merced has approached the City of Livingston requesting to assist those residents by allowing them to connect to the City’s water distribution system. Unfortunately, the City’s distribution system does not extend beyond the City limits. The nearest connections are on Peach at Vieira and Robin at Lilac.
Connecting those residences to the City’s water distribution system will require an extension of the water distribution system. The cost of extending the infrastructure to serve a small number of residences makes the project economically unfeasible.
The US Department of Agriculture Emergency Community Assistance Grant (ECWAG) Program provides small communities with up to $500,000 in funding for projects that are intended to mitigate the effects of the drought. The City of Livingston is not considered to be a small community, but can apply on behalf of the residents of the properties that are running out of water.
The ECWAG program requires applicants to submit an application and comply with certain conditions before funds are disbursed. According to USDA staff, one of the conditions is to complete construction documents (plans and technical specifications). The costs to prepare the application and comply with the USDA conditions are anticipated to be between $60,000 and $80,000. These costs would be upfronted by the City until the USDA conditions are met and funds can be disbursed. If the City submits an application on behalf of the residents, the City would be covering those initial costs until it is reimbursed.
The overall fiscal impact of this project is expected to be neutral. The total project costs of the required infrastructure are not anticipated to exceed the maximum grant amount of $500,000. However, the City will need to provide interim financing until the ECWAG funds are disbursed. It is anticipated that the project will be eligible for reimbursement during this FY 2016/17.
1. Resolution 2016-
RESOLUTION NO. 2016-
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LIVINGSTON AUTHORIZING THE INTERIM CITY MANAGER TO SIGN AND FILE AN APPLICATION TO THE EMERGENCY COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM.