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AI- 4947   4. B. 2.    
Commissioners Court - Regular
Meeting Date: 12/18/2013  
Bays and Estuaries Award Agreement for Hazel Bazemore Phase II
Submitted By: Maria Medrano, Grants Department
Department: Grants Department  

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RECOMMENDATION
Discuss and consider authorizing execution of a Reimbursement Contract with the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program for the Hazel Bazemore Park Ecological Enhancements Project, Phase II.
BACKGROUND
The Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program (CBBEP) is a local non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to researching, restoring and protecting the bays and estuaries of the Texas Coastal Bend. The mission of the CBBEP is the implementation of the Coastal Bend Bays Plan, which is to protect and restore the health and productivity of the bays and estuaries while supporting continued economic growth and public use of the bays. The plan identifies specific actions that will benefit the bay system and the users of the bays and includes projects for which CBBEP provides grant funding.
DISCUSSION
On March 23, 2011, Commissioners Court authorized the submission of an application to CBBEP for the Hazel Bazemore Park Ecological Enhancement, Public Access, and Eco/Nature Tourism Initiative. When the grant application was submitted, the budget totaled $145,000. However, due to funding issues within CBBEP, the project scope had to be revised and was broken out into phases to accommodate the funding available at this time.

On February 29, 2012, the Commissioners Court executed a Reimbursement Contract in the amount of $25,000 for Phase I of the Hazel Bazemore Park Ecological Enhancements Project. Phase I included the construction of a marsh overlook, improved ADA accessible access, and improvements to the interpretive and educational opportunities for visitors.

The CBBEP identified additional funds available for an additional phase of the project. Phase II will expand the park with a new nature trail component and improve open water habitat. The CBBEP funding amount is $57,000. There is no match required for this grant award.

Budget Information
Information about available funds
Budgeted: Funds Available: Adjustment: Amount Available:
Unbudgeted: Funds NOT Available: Amendment:
Account Code(s) for Available Funds
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Fund Transfers

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CBBEP Reimbursement Contract for Hazel Bazemore Phase II

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