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2009-202-1148 - Infrastructure Improvement Project City of Miami Gardens Agenda Cover Memo Council Meeting Date: October 28, 2009 Item Type: (Enter X in box) Resolution Ordinance Other X Fiscal Impact: (Enter X in box) Yes No Ordinance Reading: (Enter X in box) 1st Reading 2nd Reading X Public Hearing: (Enter X in box) Yes No Yes No X Funding Source: (Enter Fund & Dept) CDBG Program Year 2 and CDBGRecovery Advertising Requirement: (Enter X in box) Yes No X Contract/P.O. Required: (Enter X in box) Yes No RFP/RFQ/Bid #: X N/A Sponsor Name Danny Crew, City Manager Department: Community Development Short Title: A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO TAKE ALL NECESSARY STEPS TO REALLOCATE ALL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK FUNDS TO IMPLEMENT AND EXECUTE A PAINT PROGRAM AND AN INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT IN THE BUNCHE PARK NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION STRATEGY AREA; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE Staff Summary: Background On January 28, 2009, Resolution Resolution No. 2009‐22‐967 was passed by Council allocating $107,641.09 in recaptured Community Development Block Grant Funds (CDBG) from previously funded activities that did not utilize all of their allocated funding, to the Bunche Park Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (BPNRSA). The main purpose of BPNRSA is to increase economic opportunities, provide more appropriate services to the residents, as well as improve the safety and quality of life in the target area. The Creation of a Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area was identified as an objective in the City’s 2006‐2011 Consolidated Plan. Current Situation ITEM J-6) CONSENT AGENDA RESOLUTION Paint Program 1515 NW 167 Street, Building 5 Suite 200 Miami Gardens, Florida 33169 City Staff proposes two separate and distinct projects for the BPNRSA. Project # 1 The Paint Program will give homeowners with paint code violations access to these CDBG dollars to bring their home into compliance with the existing building codes or to mitigate future code violations for painting. Activities conducted in this Paint Program will be in accordance with the Department’s existing Housing Program Policies, with the exception that these funds will be given in the form of a grant (instead of a forgivable loan). A total of Nineteen (19) homes in the target area have current code violations for exterior paint. Of this group of homes, one is abandoned according to the Department of Code Compliance and two of the homes in this area are not owner‐occupied, according to Miami‐Dade County’s property appraiser information. The BPNRSA is designated as a very low‐income community (at least 70% of the households are at 80% or below Area Median Income) by US Census data. Therefore, the basic criteria for program eligibility will be that the occupants of the homes are also the homeowner. This Paint Program will provide homeowners within the BPNRSA a maximum of $10,000 to be used only for exterior paint. On October 9, 2009 staff held a meeting with paint contractors registered to do business with the City and with a representative from Miami‐Dade County Public Schools Project MPACT (Miami Partnership for Action in Communities Task Force). Project MPACT is an intervention program offering intensive, customized and comprehensive services to high risk youth ages 12‐22, including mentoring, life skills and professional development classes, on‐the‐job training and employment opportunities, and academic/behavioral monitoring. Project MPACT is currently in its second year of funding by a grant from the Department of Labor. This grant allows MPACT to provide a comprehensive approach to impacting young people’s lives. First the youth receive mentoring and and behavior modification prior to beginning on‐the‐job training with partnering employers. In addition the entire family receives counseling. The grant funding allows MPACT to pay the youth to work up to 20 hours per week for up to 3 months. Not only does this give the youth a sense of empowerment and self‐worth, it also provides them with a set of skills that they can use to gain employment. Project MPACT will work with the paint contractors to provide graduates of their program as a free labor pool for this project. The youth can work up to 3 months on an assignment with hopes that, if all goes well, the company may offer them a permanent job position. The City has requested that the youth assigned to this project be residents of the City of Miami Gardens. The City will assign contracts on a rotating basis to the pool of paint contractors that have expressed an interest in participating in this program, and that are licensed and insured. Upon approval of the grants to homeowners, the department will execute agreements between the homeowners and the paint contractor(s) to proceed with the work. Project # 2 The second project proposed in the BPNRSA consists of an infrastructure improvement project for two particular roads that have been determined by Public Works to be in dire need of improvement. Staff proposes to use Community Development Block Grant funds allocated from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (CDBG‐R) to fund the improvements. At the May 27, 2009 meeting, City Council passed Resolution No. 2009‐107‐1052 which approved the Substantial Amendment to the Third 1515 NW 167 Street, Building 5 Suite 200 Miami Gardens, Florida 33169 Year Annual Action Plan that budgeted CDBG‐R funds for infrastructure improvements in the BPNRSA. Specifically, $128,405 of CDBG‐R funds have been budgeted to install stormwater drainage and reconstruction of roads on NW 161 Street from NW 26 Ave to West Bunche Park Drive and NW 162 Street from NW 26 Ave to NW 162 Street Road. These two streets were identified because they currently have none or very few stormwater drains. The following is the budget for both projects in the BPNRSA: Paint Program (CDBG program year 2 funds) $107,641.09 Infrastructure Improvements (CDBG‐R funds) $128,405.00 Total investment $236,046.09 Proposed Action: Staff recommends Council’s approval of the paint program and infrastructure improvement projects in the Bunche Park Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area. Attachment: • BPNRSA Paint Program Outline • Paint Program Policies • BPNRSA Map