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2011-053-1446 - 2011 Urban and Community Forestry Grand City of Miami Gardens Agenda Cover Memo Council Meeting Date: April 13, 2011 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 X Funding Source: Parks and Recreation 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 Strategic Plan Related (Enter X in box) Yes No Strategic Plan Priority Area: Enhance Organizational Bus. & Economic Dev Public Safety Quality of Education Qual. of Life & City Image X Communication Strategic Plan Obj./Strategy: (list the specific objective/strategy this item will address) 2. Improve City infrastructure 2.5 Increase Citywide tree Canopy (planting trees) X Sponsor Name Danny O. Crew, City Manager Department: Public Works Short Title: A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO APPLY FOR A GRANT WITH WITH THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES AND TO TAKE ANY AND ALL STEPS NECESSARY TO ACCEPT GRANT FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF SIXTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS ($16,000.00); AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT FOR THIS PURPOSE; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Staff Summary: The loss of tree canopy from past storms has created a negative ecological and aesthetic impact in the City of Miami Gardens. To address this concern, staff recommends applying for the 2011 Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program. ITEM K-6) CONSENT AGENDA RESOLUTION Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services Grant 1515 NW 167 Street, Building 5 Suite 200 Miami Gardens, Florida 33169 The Urban and Community Forestry (U&CF) Program addresses the stewardship needs of natural resources where 80 percent of the nation's population lives, works, and plays. In the City of Miami Gardens, the quality of life is closely connected with land conversion associated with development, hence there is a strong economic case for conserving and restoring tree cover and green open space to help guide growth and improve the livability of community neighborhoods. Part of the U&CF grant application requires Council to support a resolution authorizing the City Manager to apply for the grant and to enter into a Maintenance Memorandum of Agreement with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Staff will apply for $16,000 in grant funds to support the city’s urban tree canopy program. The grant requires a dollar‐for‐dollar match from the City in the event the grant is awarded. Proposed Action: That City Council approve this resolution to give the City Manager the authorization to apply for 2011 Urban and Community Forestry Grant; allow the City Manager to enter into agreement with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services upon receiving the grant award; and appropriate the required matching funds. Attachment: None.