AGENDA MEMORANDUM

 

Meeting Date:           February 28, 2011

 

From:                          Darel W. Craine, Deputy Director, Environmental Services  

 

Subject:                      Resolution authorizing the Environmental Services Department to apply for a Water Conservation Cost Sharing Agreement with Saint Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD)

 

Staff Recommendation:

Staff recommends approval to apply for and accept if awarded a matching grant with Saint Johns River Water Management District for a Customer Characterization Study

 

Analysis:

The City’s consumptive use permit (CUP) requires that we evaluate our water conservation in an effort to maximize reduction of water usage.  This agreement will secure a 50% cost share grant from SJRWMD to perform a customer characterization study. 

 

At least forty site visits for homes located in Plantation at Leesburg and Royal Highlands will be conducted.  A qualified field technician will collect indoor water use date for all water use fixtures and appliances and perform an irrigation audit for each home.  The City will use this information to further refine conservation strategies currently in place.  Information collected in this study will also be used as part of the feasibility analysis required by CUP condition 3.2, which requires a proposal for a Cash-for-Grass Pilot Study to be submitted to the District by Ju7ne 30, 2011.  The results will be summarized and provided to the Water Management District for use in the water conservation potential study.

 

Options:

1.  Approve the request to apply for the cost sharing grant; or

2.  Such alternative action as the Commission may deem appropriate

 

Fiscal Impact

Environmental Services Department has budgeted $20,000.00 in the 2010/2011 fiscal year. This cost share would match the City’s funds, dollar for dollar.

 

Submission Date and Time:    2/24/2011 4:17 PM____

 

Department: __Environmental Services___

Prepared by:  __Tracey Dean_______                     

Attachments:         Yes__X_   No ______

Advertised:   ____Not Required ______                     

Dates:   __________________________                     

Attorney Review :       Yes___  No ____

                                                

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Revised 6/10/04

 

Reviewed by: Dept. Head ________

 

Finance  Dept. __________JB______                                     

                              

Deputy C.M. ___________________                                                                         

Submitted by:

City Manager ___________________

 

Account No. _043-0000-334-3100__

 

Project No. ___________________

 

WF No. ______________________

 

Budget  ______________________

 

Available _____________________


 

RESOLUTION NO._______________

 

 

RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LEESBURG, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING THE ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO APPLY FOR AND IF AWARDED, THE MATCHING GRANT WITH SAINT JOHNS RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT (SJRWMD) FOR A CUSTOMER CHARACTERIZATION STUDY WILL BE PRESENTED FOR APPROVAL; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

                                                                                               

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LEESBURG, FLORIDA:

 

            THAT the Environmental Services Department is hereby authorized to apply for a Customer Characterization Study grant with Saint Johns River Water Management District, whose address is PO Box 1429, Palatka, FL 32178, and if awarded, the water conservation cost sharing agreement will be presented for approval.

 

             THAT this resolution shall become effective immediately.

 

PASSED AND ADOPTED by the City Commission of the City of Leesburg, Florida, at a regular meeting held the _28th____ day of _February__, 2011.

 

 

 

                                                                            __________________________

                                                                             Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

 

__________________________

City Clerk