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Grant Land and Water Conservation Fund

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									Office of the City Manager
                                                                          CONSENT CALENDAR
                                                                          April 18, 2006

To:                Honorable Mayor and
                      Members of the City Council
From:              Phil Kamlarz, City Manager
Submitted by: Marc Seleznow, Director, Parks Recreation & Waterfront
Subject:           Grant: Land and Water Conservation Fund

RECOMMENDATION
Adopt a Resolution authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the federal
Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in an amount not to exceed $480,000; to accept the
grant; to execute resultant revenue agreements and amendments; and authorize the
implementation of the projects and appropriation of funding for related expenses, subject to
securing the grant.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS
The funding for the Gilman Street Playing Fields Project totals $5 million and comes from three
State Proposition 40 grant programs: Urban Parks Act of 2001; California Youth Soccer and
Recreational Facilities Program; and the Urban Parks and Healthy Communities Program. These
funds are insufficient, however, to complete the buildout of the project. The LWCF grant
program requires a 50% cash match, which will come from the State grants totaling $5 million or
from the JPA cities. If the grant is awarded, an increase in expenditure authority will be required
through an amendment to the Appropriations Ordinance.

CURRENT SITUATION AND ITS EFFECTS
The National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior has announced that $480,000 in
funding is available through the LWCF for projects in Northern California for Fiscal Year 2007.
The application is due on May 1, 2006 and the outcome of the grant application process is
expected by November 2006.

BACKGROUND
In 2003, the City of Berkeley joined a five-city joint powers agreement (JPA) with Albany, El
Cerrito, Emeryville, and Richmond to develop and operate the Gilman Street Playing Fields
project. As of October 2005, the project has received $5 million in state grants to construct the
fields. These funds are insufficient to complete the entire project and therefore the JPA cities
have committed to seeking additional grant funding as opportunities present themselves.



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Grant Application: Land and Water Conservation Fund                CONSENT CALENDAR
                                                                        April 18, 2006


RATIONALE FOR RECOMMENDATION
Because the Gilman project can potentially use the existing $5 million in state grants as matching
funds, this grant application will be extremely competitive for this year’s application process.

CONTACT PERSON
Roger Miller, Senior Management Analyst, 981-6705

Attachments
1: Resolution
                                  RESOLUTION NO.            –N.S.

AUTHORIZING SUBMISSION OF A GRANT APPLICATION TO THE FEDERAL LAND
AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND FOR THE GILMAN STREET PLAYING FIELDS
PROJECT; IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROJECTS; AND APPROPRIATION OF
FUNDING FOR RELATED EXPENSES

WHEREAS, the Congress under Public Law 88-578 has authorized the establishment of a
federal Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant-In-Aid program, providing matching funds to
the State of California and its political subdivisions for acquiring lands and developing Facilities
for public outdoor recreation purposes; and

WHEREAS, the California Department of Parks and Recreation is responsible for administration
of the program in the State, setting up necessary rules and procedures governing applications by
local agencies under the program; and

WHEREAS, said adopted procedures established by the State Department of Parks and
Recreation require the applicant to certify by resolution the approval of applications and the
availability of eligible matching funds prior to submission of said applications to the State; and

WHEREAS, the proposed Gilman Street Playing Fields Project (“the Project”)is consistent with
the Statewide Comprehensive Recreation Resources Plan and the California Outdoor Recreation
Plan - 2002; and

WHEREAS, the Project must be compatible with the land use plans of those jurisdictions
immediately surrounding Project.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Berkeley hereby:
1) approves the filing of an application for Land and Water Conservation Fund assistance; 2)
certifies that said agency has matching funds from the following source(s): the California Urban
Parks Act of 2001 competitive grant ($3 million), the California Youth Soccer and Recreational
Facility competitive grant ($1 million), and the California Urban Parks and Healthy
Communities competitive grant ($1 million), or additional funds from the Joint Powers
Agreement (JPA) Cities that can finance 100 percent of the Project, half of which will be
reimbursed; 3) certifies that the Project is compatible with the land use plans of those
jurisdictions immediately surrounding the Project; 4) appoints the City Manager or his designee
as agent of the applicant to conduct all negotiations and execute and submit all documents,
including, but not limited to, applications, contracts, amendments, payment requests, and
compliance with all applicable current state and federal laws which may be necessary for the
completion of the aforementioned Project; and 5) authorizes the City Manager to submit a grant
application to the Land and Water Conservation Fund in an amount not to exceed $480,000 for
the Gilman Street Playing Fields Project; to accept the grant; to execute any resultant revenue
agreements and amendments; and authorize the implementation of the projects and appropriation
of funding for related expenses, subject to securing the grant. A record signature copy of said
agreements and any amendments to be on file in the Office of the City Clerk.

								
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