Rancho Palos Verdes City Council
   

TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL

FROM: DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS

DATE: DECEMBER 3, 2002

SUBJECT: PROPOSED 2003-2004 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) PROGRAM

Staff Coordinator: Judy A. Huey, Senior Administrative Analyst

RECOMMENDATIONS

1.Conduct a public hearing to receive citizen input on the proposed 2003-2004 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.

2.Approve the proposed CDBG projects and budget.

3.Authorize the Director of Public Works to execute agreements for CDBG projects with the Los Angeles County Community Development Commission.

BACKGROUND

Each year, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are allocated to cities by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) which is administered through the Los Angeles Community Development Commission (CDC). Participating cities receive funding based upon the total number of cities participating in the County’s program, and a city’s commitment to provide housing, economic and community development opportunities which principally benefit persons of low and moderate income levels and/or aid in the prevention or elimination of blighted conditions.

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes has annually participated in the Los Angeles Urban County’s CDBG Program. In order to continue its participation in the upcoming 2003-2004 program year (beginning July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2004) the City of Rancho Palos Verdes must prepare and submit a summary of proposed CDBG projects, including descriptions and budgets, to the Los Angeles County Community Development Commission (CDC) by January 3, 2003 for review and approval.

Pursuant to federal requirements, this public hearing was noticed in the Palos Verdes Peninsula News on November 9 and 16, 2002. A copy of the notice is attached to this staff report. Federal requirements also mandate that as a part of the hearing, the City

Council and public be informed of the range of eligible and ineligible housing and community development activities that may be funded under the CDBG Program. A list of eligible and ineligible CDBG projects and activities are attached to this report as Exhibits A and B, respectively.

In addition, interested persons may review a copy of the federal eligibility guidelines at the City of Rancho Palos Verdes’ Public Works Department.

DISCUSSION

Current Year’s CDBG Projects (2002-2003)

The 2002-2003 CDBG allocation for the City of Rancho Palos Verdes was $257,687. In addition to this annual allocation, the 2002-2003 CDBG budget includes a carry-over allocation of $1,011,504 from prior years’ projects ($92,080 – Home Improvement Program, $20,000 ADA Compliance Project and $899,424 – Altamira Canyon). A total of $1,269,191 in CDBG funds have been budgeted as follows:

1.Administration$ 25,000

2.REACH Program$ 38,652

3.Home Improvement Program$ 227,080

4.ADA Compliance Project – City Hall Elevator (Engineering)$ 55,000

5.Altamira Canyon Storm Drain Project (Engineering and$ 923,459

Construction)

Total FY 02-03 CDBG Funds:$1,269,191

Description of Proposed 2003-2004 CDBG Projects

The Los Angeles County CDC recently informed the City of Rancho Palos Verdes that the preliminary 2003-2004 CDBG allocation for the City is $257,687. It is recommended that the City Council approve the following proposed projects for the 2003-2004 program year:

1.CDBG Administration and Planning$ 25,000

Program administration funds are used for overall program

management, coordination, monitoring, reporting and evaluation.

2.REACH Program$ 38,652

Funds will be used to continue operation of the REACH Program.

A copy of the REACH Program Statement and Description is attached.

The public service cap (which is a percentage of the new allocated

funds not including prior years’ funds) is limited to 15%.

3.Home Improvement Program$ 100,000

Funds will be used for the continued implementation of the

Home Improvement Program which provides housing rehabilitation

assistance to low and moderate income homeowners. A copy of

the Home Improvement Program brochure is attached.

4.ADA Compliance Project – Citywide Facility Improvements$ 94,035

CDBG funds will be used to provide handicap accessibility to

Citywide Facilities. Funds will pay for design, engineering and

construction costs. It is staff’s intention to re-direct funds from the

Altamira Canyon project to fund the ADA improvements, in order

to meet the CDC’s federal drawdown requirements._________

Total FY 03-04 CDBG Funds:$ 257,687

In the event that actual CDBG funding levels vary from the $257,687 estimate, the proposed projects and budgets may be adjusted accordingly.

FISCAL IMPACT

Approving staff’s recommendation authorizes the allocation of $257,687 in 2003-2004 CDBG funds.

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Dean Allison

Director of Public Works

Reviewed,

 

 

Les Evans

City Manager

Attachments:

Public Hearing Notice

Exhibit "A" – Eligible Activities

Eshibit "B" – Ineligible Activities

REACH Program Statement and Description

Home Improvement Program Brochure