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  8.C.       
Meeting Date: 01/04/2022  
Prepared By: Patti Lopuszanski, Executive Assistant

Staff Summary (Background)
Staff is seeking Council ratification for the Arizona Parks Grant application that was submitted on December 21, 2021. The application allows combined access to two cooperative grant funds, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the Local, Regional and State Parks (LRSP) Heritage Grant. The two grants are designed to work jointly, allowing jurisdictions to leverage one fund as a financial offset for the other. Staff requested $400,000 for each grant, totaling $800,000. Per grant guidelines, applicants are responsible for a 5% surcharge on the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant award, amounting to $20,000. The Local, Regional and State Parks (LRSP) Heritage Grant features a matching requirement, however, grant funds from the LWCF may be used for the match. In the event both grants are awarded, the $20,000 surcharge is the only town-allocated funding required to support the entire grant package. This funding would be allocated from the existing Four Peaks Parks CIP budget and no new budget or funding sources will be required.  Should either grant application be denied, staff will review the budgetary impacts and project scope before making further recommendations.
 
If granted, the project scope will complete the final, unfunded phase of Four Peaks Park. The final phase includes a new, ADA accessible restroom, to be located adjacent to the ballfields and playgrounds, which will include hand-washing stations and drinking fountains. The grant also requests funding for two shaded picnic ramadas and desert-tolerant, shade producing landscaping. The addition of these amenities is consistent with the recommendations in the Community Services Master Plan and the feedback received through the community survey.  
 
Arizona State Parks and Trails Grants are offered on a rolling basis until funding is exhausted. Staff met with the grant administrator for an initial project review and received preliminary approval of the project scope for submitting the grant application.  Following committee review of applications, approved projects receive notification within 60 days. 

Per policy, grant applications must be approved by the Town Council prior to submission. However, due to restrictive timelines, it was necessary to submit the application in time for the Arizona Outdoor Recreation Coordinating Commission (AORCC) meeting scheduled for Tuesday, January 11, 2022. In order to take advantage of the grant opportunity, the application submission was authorized by Town Manager Grady Miller and endorsed by Finance Director David Pock.
Related Ordinance, Policy or Guiding Principle
Town of Fountain Hills Grant Policy.
Risk Analysis
N/A
Recommendation(s) by Board(s) or Commission(s)
The Community Services Advisory Commission recommends approval.
Staff Recommendation(s)
Staff recommends approval.
SUGGESTED MOTION
MOVE to adopt Resolution 2022-01 to ratify a grant application previously submitted to Arizona State Parks and Trails and authorize the grant acceptance and all steps necessary to implement if awarded.
 
Attachments
Certification Letter - LWCF/LRSP Grant Application
AZ Parks and Trails Grant Resolution 2022-01
Four Peaks Park Aerial

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Form Review
Inbox Reviewed By Date
Community Services Director Rachael Goodwin 12/21/2021 01:55 PM
Finance Director David Pock 12/21/2021 04:33 PM
Town Attorney Aaron D. Arnson 12/22/2021 09:36 AM
Town Manager Grady E. Miller 12/28/2021 09:25 AM
Form Started By: Patti Lopuszanski Started On: 12/14/2021 05:03 PM
Final Approval Date: 12/28/2021

    

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