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  Consent-Community Services   # 27.       
Community Services  
Meeting Date: 09/28/2021  
Brief Title:    Budget Resolution Conservation Easement for Mitigation of Landfill Soil Borrow Site
From: Taro Echiburu, Director, Department of Community Services
Staff Contact: Ramin Yazdani, Integrated Waste Management Division Director, Department of Community Services, x8848


Adopt budget resolution increasing the 2021-22 Integrated Waste Management Division Budget by $385,000 to cover the cost of conservation easements for mitigation of the Yolo County Central Landfill Soil Borrow Site Project. (No general fund impact) (4/5 vote required) (Echiburu/Yazdani)

Recommended Action
Adopt budget resolution increasing the 2021-22 Division of Integrated Waste Management Budget Division by $385,000 to cover the cost of conservation easements for mitigation of the Yolo County Central Landfill Soil Borrow Site Project.
Strategic Plan Goal(s)
Sustainable Environment
Flourishing Agriculture
Reason for Recommended Action/Background

The Yolo County Central Landfill (YCCL) is required to acquire conservation easements to mitigate the impact of the landfill’s Soil Borrow Site Project on Swainson’s Hawk foraging habitat and agricultural land. County staff have identified potential mitigation sites and are working with the property owners to come to a mutually acceptable agreement. The purchase agreements are anticipated to be submitted for board approval and executed in the FY 2021/22.

The Sanitation Enterprise Fund for FY 2021/22 budget includes $1,400,000 for the acquisition of conservation easements. The attached budget resolution increases the capital assets portion of the Sanitation Enterprise Fund by $385,000 through the use of Sanitation Enterprise Fund Balance ($285,000) and Agricultural Conservation Easement Fund ($100,000).

The YCCL soil borrow site is a 243.4-acre portion of a 323-acre property directly west of the YCCL. The property was acquired in 2013 to provide a potential source for soil for landfill construction, landfill closure, intermediate and daily cover soil needed for operation.  These activities are required to ensure continued compliance with State requirements.

As part of required mitigation measures, the County must mitigate the impact on agricultural land and Swainson’s Hawk habitat. In order to mitigate for the impact on agricultural land, the County may purchase and dedicate a conservation easement or pay an in-lieu fee, according to the Agricultural Conservation and Mitigation Program Ordinance. In order to mitigate the loss of Swainson’s Hawk habitat, the County may purchase shares in an appropriate mitigation bank, make a payment to the Swainson’s hawk mitigation fee program if it is still in effect, or purchase comparable raptor foraging area in consultation with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife at a ratio of 1:1 (1 acre conserved for every acre that is lost).

Collaborations (including Board advisory groups and external partner agencies)
County Counsel has approved the resolution as to form.
Competitive Bid Process
Public bid process not required, as no outside services are being used.

Fiscal Impact
Fiscal impact (see budgetary detail below)
Fiscal Impact (Expenditure)
Total cost of recommended action:    $   385,000
Amount budgeted for expenditure:    $  
Additional expenditure authority needed:    $   385,000
One-time commitment     Yes
Source of Funds for this Expenditure
Explanation (Expenditure and/or Revenue)
Further explanation as needed:
As indicated in the budget resolution, an increase in the amount of $385,000 is anticipated to complete the actions associated with covering the cost for Conservation Easements to mitigate the YCCL.
Att. A. Budget Resolution

Form Review
Inbox Reviewed By Date
Taro Echiburu Taro Echiburu 09/13/2021 09:41 AM
Financial Services Shelby Milliren 09/20/2021 10:33 AM
County Counsel Hope Welton 09/20/2021 11:00 AM
Form Started By: Ramin Yazdani Started On: 09/10/2021 01:30 PM
Final Approval Date: 09/20/2021


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