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Authorize City Manager to Execute Agreement with San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy for The Tracks at Brea Western Extension Project
Authorize City Manager to sign Agreement Number 3825-RMC21013 with San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC) in the amount of $225,000 for The Tracks at Brea Western Extension Project
Under Proposition 68, administered by RMC, funds have been developed to help City improvement projects throughout southern California. RMC has issued the 2020 Call for Projects for funding under the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018. Approximately $30 million was available to provide funding for individual program categories which provide improvements to create, expand and improve open space and access to open space.
In an effort to meet a City Council goal to continue to apply for grants for The Tracks Western Extension Project, staff submitted a grant application to RMC. The $225,000 grant application request was to focus on earlier stages of the project which includes community engagement, concept development and permitting for the segment between Berry Street and the Brea Canyon Flood Control Channel. This is the full width segment that Union Pacific is negotiating to sell to the City. See attached project exhibit for reference.
The grant will allow the City the necessary steps to engage local and regional stakeholders to provide priorities and a community vision between Berry Street and the Brea Canyon Flood Channel. This includes a 1,300-foot long paved active transportation path, as well as the remaining 120-foot cross-section for park development. Proposed elements of the park include native plantings on the buffer strip along either side of the trail, green stormwater infrastructure such as bioswales and permeable groundcover, and interpretive signage.
Earlier last month, RMC notified the City of Brea that it was awarded the $225,000 grant for The Tracks Western Extension Project. The terms of the agreement is from September 20, 2021, to June 30, 2023, with no match requirement.
The Finance Committee reviewed staff’s recommendation at their November 9, 2021 meeting and recommended to proceed.
The City was successful in receiving an RMC grant for The Tracks Western Extension Project in the amount of $225,000 with no match required. The scope of the work will be for community engagement, concept development and permitting for the segment between Berry Street and the Brea Canyon Flood Control Channel. The terms of the agreement is effective September 20, 2021, to June 30, 2023. This action would authorize the City Manager to execute the attached agreement for the use of $225,000 for The Tracks Western Extension Project.
William Gallardo, City Manager
Prepared by: Ryan Chapman, P.E., Principal Engineer
Concurrence: Michael Ho, P.E., Acting Director of Public Works
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