County Manager’s Office
September 1, 2010
BOARD MEETING DATE:
September 14, 2010
Honorable Board of Supervisors
David S. Boesch, County Manager
County Manager’s Report #10
August and September 2010 Update on American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Funding
Accept this monthly report on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
The federal economic stimulus, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), commits a total of $787 billion to stimulate the national economy.
This is the tenth monthly update.
The County did not receive or apply for additional federal stimulus funding in the months of August and September. With no new ARRA funding, Public Works, the Health System, Housing Department, Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney, Probation, and Workforce Investment Board have focused on completing ongoing projects. Select project updates include:
• Energy Efficiency Analysis and Upgrade of County Facilities—Fourteen different facilities projects have been identified, which range from an Energy Master Plan to energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades, using Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funds. Three projects, 1) Turbocor compressor upgrade for the County Office Building 2 roof top air-conditioning units; 2) replacement of the Daily City Clinic roof top air-conditioning unit, and 3) Energy Master Plan in the amount of $750,000 are expected to be under contract by the end of September. A solar-thermal project (estimated for $100,000) at the Camp Glen Wood dormitories and kitchen is under study, as is an update of the laundering process used at the Maguire Jail and the Women’s Correctional Center. By moving from the use of conventional detergent to a more environmentally friendly Ozone laundering method, it is expected that the County will generate substantial energy consumption savings. The contract for the conversion is expected to be executed by the end of September.
• Energy Upgrade San Mateo County: Promoting Residential Energy Efficiency—Energy upgrade staff convened Implementation Workgroups around contractor, community, and building official topics. The Workgroups consist of members from the Community/Contractor/Community Based Organization Advisory Board and the City/County Advisory Board. Key resources developed by the groups in July include a collaborative online database of outreach contacts and results from a building permit fee survey.
Energy Upgrade staff is also following recent developments with Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). In July, the FHFA issued direction to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and other federal lenders to consider PACE financing a loan and not an assessment. The finding has suspended many PACE programs and halted progress with the CaliforniaFirst pilot program, which for San Mateo County is included as leveraged funding. In response to the potential loss of a program complementary to the County’s Energy Upgrade goals, the County submitted letters to the Energy Commission and the state and federal congressional delegations in support of PACE and the CaliforniaFirst pilot program.
• Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)—Using CDBG funds, the Housing Department subcontracted with El Concilio of San Mateo County for $15,000 to provide funding for emergency services to unemployed clients, outreach mental health services and mentoring for at-risk youth. The City of South San Francisco received $75,000 in funding to conduct a review and complete needed repairs for multifamily housing units located at 714-718 Linden Avenue. These included plumbing, siding, paint, water heaters, roofing, and removal of side yards and replacement with gravel to abate lead. The Pacifica Resource Center received $15,000 in funding to provide food to needy families, expand their existing food programs and provide $6,325 in Safeway gift cards to 205 families along the coast side. Collectively these projects served over 2,000 County residents.
San Mateo County ARRA Funds
(Dollars in millions)
Funding Applied For
Number of Jobs Created
Approval of this report contributes to the Shared Vision of 2025 of a Collaborative Community by providing County residents with information on the receipt and use of federal stimulus dollars by the County.
To-date, the County has received a total of $47 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding and executed a total of 160 contracts countywide (list attached). A total of 482 jobs have been saved or created with ARRA funding with an average hourly wage of $21.30. Approximately, 16,845 County residents have been served with stimulus dollars.
Reporting of documents executed in relation to receipt of federal economic stimulus funds.
Adopt a resolution amending paragraph 3 of Resolution No. 070107 directing the County Manager to submit to the Board of Supervisors for ratification and acceptance of a quarterly report of any and all documents executed, processed, or submitted in connection with the County of San Mateo’s receipt of federal economic stimulus funds.
Following the recent economic downturn, the federal government made an array of economic stimulus funds, also known as American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds, available to local governments.
On May 19, 2009, in adopting Resolution No. 070107, the Board determined that the County’s application for, and receipt of ARRA funds required the quick execution, processing, and submission of a variety of documents, such as funding applications, funding certifications, and funding agreements.
In Resolution No. 070107, the Board delegated certain limited and additional authority to the County Manager in connection with the application for and expenditure of federal economic stimulus funds and required the County Manager to submit to the Board monthly reports on these activities.
Federal economic stimulus funding to the County of San Mateo has slowed down and the County Manager need only submit quarterly reports of documents executed, processed, or submitted in connection with stimulus funds.
Approval of this resolution contributes to the Shared Vision of 2025 of a Collaborative Community by providing County residents with information on the receipt and use of federal stimulus dollars by the County. The Resolution has been reviewed and approved as to form by County Counsel.
Federal/State Measures analyzed and acted on
The continued delegation will contribute toward the County’s efficient and timely access to and expenditure of an unknown amount of federal economic stimulus funds.