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FEBRUARY 15, 2005 STATE OFFICE OF TRAFFIC SAFETY GRANT APPLICATION FEBRUARY 15, 2005 STATE OFFICE OF TRAFFIC SAFETY GRANT APPLICATION

TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

FROM: ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER

DATE: FEBRUARY 15, 2005

SUBJECT: STATE OFFICE OF TRAFFIC SAFETY GRANT APPLICATION

RECOMMENDATION

Authorize the City to act as the pass-through agency between the Lomita Sheriff’s Station and the State Office of Traffic Safety for a grant to fund a "Comprehensive DUI and Traffic Safety Program."

BACKGROUND

Since FY 03-04 the City has acted as the pass through agency between the Lomita Sheriff’s Station and the State Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for two grant programs: 1) Sobriety Checkpoint Program and 2) Seat Belt Enforcement Program. On December 7, 2004, the Council authorized the City to continue to administer the grant for the Sobriety Checkpoint Program through FY 05-06. Similarly, on February 1, 2005, the Council authorized the City to continue to administer the grant for the Seat Belt Enforcement Program for FY 04-05.

DISCUSSION

The Lomita Sheriff’s Station recently applied for another grant from OTS to enhance and expand the two existing programs described above through the creation of a "Comprehensive DUI and Traffic Safety Program." The total grant request is $126,552 over the next two fiscal years. Of this amount, $105,552 would cover personnel costs for additional DUI checkpoints/patrols, increased nighttime traffic enforcement and seat belt saturation patrols, as well as to fund educational activities at Peninsula High School, including a full semester of the "Student and the Law" class and various student traffic safety awareness programs, such as "Every 15 Minutes" and "High School Seat Belt Challenge." Approximately $21,000 of the grant would be used to purchase automated citation issuing machines to increase the patrol deputies speed and efficiency in issuing traffic citations in the field.

FISCAL IMPACT

The adopted FY 04-05 budget includes $10,927 to fund a regional Sobriety Checkpoint Program (of which RPV’s share is $6,556). However, with the OTS grant, the City has not had to pay for this program during the last two fiscal years. The Seat Belt Enforcement grants have provided a targeted enforcement program that was not previously available in the community. If the current grant is successful, in addition to expanding these two current grant programs, it will also partially offset the City’s contribution to fund the "Student and the Law" classes offered at Peninsula High School. Over the next two fiscal years, the City could potentially receive $15,576 to offset its annual contribution of $20,400 to this program. As with the other OTS grants, there will be minimal staff time associated with processing the necessary paperwork and the Lomita Station will be responsible for all of the reporting requirements associated with the grant programs.

Respectfully submitted:

Carolynn Petru

Assistant City Manager

Reviewed,

Les Evans

City Manager

Attachment:

Comprehensive DUI and Traffic Safety Program grant application