Rancho Palos Verdes City Council
   

JANUARY 17, 2006 FORRESTAL NATURE PRESERVE – FUNDING FOR TRAIL REPAIRS JANUARY 17, 2006 FORRESTAL NATURE PRESERVE FUNDING FOR TRAIL REPAIRS JANUARY 17, 2006 FORRESTAL NATURE PRESERVE FUNDING FOR TRAIL REPAIRS


TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND COUNCILMEMBERS

FROM: DIRECTOR OF PLANNING, BUILDING & CODE ENFORCEMENT

DATE: JANUARY 17, 2006

SUBJECT: FORRESTAL NATURE PRESERVE – FUNDING FOR TRAIL REPAIRS

Staff Coordinator: Ara Mihranian, AICP, Senior Planner

RECOMMENDATION

Adopt Resolution No. 2006-___ approving a $25,000 budget appropriation for trail repairs at the Forrestal Nature Preserve.

BACKGROUND

On March 15, 2005, the City Council adopted amendments to the Forrestal Management Plan that included an amended Trails Network Plan. At the December 4th meeting, the City Council identified trails that were deemed unsafe for specific public use due to their deficient condition. In order to proceed with repairing the unsafe trails, the Council directed Staff to prepare the necessary reports and studies needed to repair the unsafe trails.

In accordance to the Council’s direction, a Trails Repair Plan was developed by the PVPLC and presented to the Forrestal Advisory Board for input on June 8, 2005 and July 20, 2005. The Trails Repair Plan was subsequently submitted to the City Council for its review and approval on December 20, 2005. At the December 20th meeting, the City Council was presented with the Trails Repair Plan that involved repairs to ten trail routes. However, because of funding constraints, Staff was recommending that the Council authorize repairs to the four storm damaged trails and postpone the remaining six trail repairs until funding becomes available. However, the Council raised a concern that delaying repairs to the trails in need of attention could worsen the unsafe condition of these trails and thereby cost the City more money in repairs. As such, the Council directed Staff to come back with a budget adjustment to fund the repairs to the six trails that will not be covered by FEMA funding.

DISCUSSION

It is estimated that the overall cost to complete the trail repairs not covered by FEMA should not exceed $21,500.00. This estimate is based on a bid proposal submitted to the City from the California Conservation Corps for repairs to the unsafe trails at Forrestal. Pursuant to Council direction, Staff is recommending that the Council appropriate $25,000,00 from the General Fund to the City’s Parks, Trails and Open Space Improvements Program within the Capital Improvement Projects Fund to cover the costs of these repairs. The recommended $25,000.00 budget appropriation is to cover the costs of the trail repairs and any associated environmental studies and reports that may be required to complete the repair work. The attached resolution is needed to amend the City’s budget accordingly. It should be noted that the budget appropriation does not account for the FEMA obligated funds for repairs to four of the ten trails in need of repair, as those monies are already budgeted.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

According to the Council adopted Forrestal Management Plan, the PVPLC is the entity responsible for overseeing trail repairs at the Forrestal Nature Preserve. Therefore, the trail repairs will be performed under the supervision of the PVPLC, or in some cases by the PVPLC itself. Either way, the PVPLC will submit its invoices to the City for payment.

CONCLUSION

Staff recommends that the City Council appropriate $25,000.00 from the General Fund to the City’s Parks, Trails and Open Space Improvements Program within the Capital Improvement Projects Fund to cover costs associated with trail repairs at the Forrestal Nature Preserve for non-FEMA funded repairs.

FISCAL IMPACTS

Aside from the repairs to the trails damaged by the storms of 04/05 that will be funded by FEMA, costs associated with the trail repairs will be borne by the General Fund. The Council will be amending the 05-06 Fiscal Year budget by appropriating $25,000.00 to the City’s Parks, Trails and Open Space Improvements Program within the Capital Improvements Projects Fund.

Respectfully submitted:

Joel Rojas, AICP
Director of Planning, Building
and Code Enforcement

Reviewed by:

Les Evans
City Manager

Attachments:

 Draft Resolution No. 2006-___.

RESOLUTION NO. 2006-___

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES, AMENDING RESOLUTION 2005-53, THE BUDGET APPROPRIATION FOR FY05-06, TO INCREASE THE GENERAL FUND BUDGET AND OPEN SPACE IMPROVEMENTS BUDGET IN THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS FUND FOR TRAIL REPAIRS.

WHEREAS, Section 3.32 of the Rancho Palos Verdes Municipal Code provides that all expenditures in excess of budgeted allocations must be by supplemental appropriation of the City Council;

WHEREAS, on May 31, 2005, the City Council of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes adopted Resolution 2005-53, approving a spending plan and authorizing a budget appropriation for FY05-06;

WHEREAS, a budget increase in the General Fund and Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) fund is necessary to authorize expenditures for trail repair activities at the Forrestal Nature Preserve.

BE IT, THEREFORE, RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES:

Section One. The following increase be made to the General Fund and CIP fund FY05-06 budgets:

Open Space Improvements #330-3033-461-73-00 Trail Repairs $34,700.00
Grant Revenue #330-3033-461-32-00 FEMA Funded Repairs $9,700.00
Open Space Improvements #330-3033-391-10-00 Operating Transfer In $25,000.00
General Fund #101-6000-491-91-00 Operating Transfer Out $25,000.00

PASSED, APPROVED, AND ADOPTED THE 17th DAY OF JANUARY 2006.
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Mayor
Attest:

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City Clerk

State of California )
County of Los Angeles )ss
City of Rancho Palos Verdes )

I, Carolynn Petru, City Clerk of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, hereby certify that the above Resolution No. 2006-__ was duly and regularly passed and adopted by the said City Council at regular meeting thereof held on January 17, 2006.

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City Clerk