Here’s a reminder why ECA keeps its eye on local government—the Brentwood City Council recently updated its Capital Improvement Program budget, outlining the municipality’s five-year capital planning and infrastructure needs.

Included in the 111project list is a lot of money for water projects. The strategic document includes 57 city plans, 20 future improvement objectives and 34 development improvement targets, totaling $212,954,262 in city projects.

About $90 million of the estimated $212,954,262 is expected to be spent on wastewater improvements, with $28 million on water improvements, including a citywide nonpotable water distribution system, $70.5 million on roadway enhancements, $20 million on community facility upgrades and $3.6 million on park and trail enrichments.

City officials are using a wide variety of funding sources to pay for the projects, including $84 million in federal and state funds; about $29 million in solid waste, water and wastewater service money; $17.5 million in development impact “fees” and $1.6 million in general fund money.

The citywide nonpotable water distribution system project will allow the city to use nondrinking water to irrigate parks and public landscaping, reducing landscape irrigation costs, drinking water usage and lessen recycled water discharged into Marsh Creek.

A State Water Resources Control Board Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan will cover the $8 million price tag of the project included in the city’s 2018/20192019/2020 strategic plan. CWSRF loans are available at ½ the state’s most recent general obligation fund rate—1.3 percent was the CWSRF rate at the end of April.

The loan, which is expected to be partly offset by a $1,756,650 grant, will be repaid through a variety of sources, including “impact fees,” basically a tax on developers to build their projects, wastewater enterprise funds and assessment district money. Here’s where that money comes from—enterprise funds derived from wastewater service fees, and assessment district monies generated through fees charged to offset neighborhood park, lighting and landscape costs.

Brentwood is but one of 88 cities in L. A. County and just one of the total of 213 incorporated cities in our 12county service area that we are tracking. There is $100 million in CWSRF money to go to local communities this year and we are working to make sure southern California communities get their fair share. To stay on top of all this, we are working with our trade unions and our members keeping their ear to the ground to listen for new work. Thanks…and keep it up.

By Dave Sorem, P.E., ECA Government Affairs Chairman email: [email protected]