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AI- 5758   4. C. 2.    
Commissioners Court - Regular
Meeting Date: 11/06/2014  
AIS CMP Cycle 19 Award
Submitted By: Natalie Eckstrom, Grants Department
Department: Grants Department  

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RECOMMENDATION
Discuss and consider the execution of a Subrecipient Grant Agreement with the Texas General Land Office for the Coastal Management Program (CMP) - Cycle 19 project (Hilltop Nature Park Enhancements, Phase II).
BACKGROUND
In the summer of 2013, the Coastal Coordination Council of the Texas General Land Office announced they were accepting application proposals for their Coastal Management Program (CMP) grant fund. The CMP focuses on five primary issues of concern to coastal communities: coastal hazards, wetland protection, water quantity and water quality, dune protection, and shoreline access. Specifically, the CMP identifies coastal natural resource areas (CNRAs) and identifies uses or activities that may adversely affect those areas, and sets uniform policies to address those effects.
DISCUSSION
On October 23, 2013, the Commissioners Court executed the grant contract documents for Cycle 18. The project was titled Hilltop Nature Park Enhancements. The project proposes to remove invasive vegetation and install an erosion control structure. Other activities include creating an ADA-compliant timber boardwalk and install interpretive/educational signage.

On September 18, 2013, the Commissioners Court approved the submission of a grant application for Cycle 19. For the new project, the County would like to continue work at the Hilltop Nature Park by expanding on the Cycle 18 project as a Phase II. The new project proposes the construction of a walkway and foot bridge, removal of a sidewalk, and addition of picnic tables and a sitting area. Educational signage will also be placed in the area to identify native bird species.

The grant award amount from CMP is $60,000. The matching fund requirement is 60%/40%, in-kind or cash match. The County’s 40% match ($40,000) will be in-kind services provided by the Community Services and Inland Parks Department; thus, the entire project totals $100,000.


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Attachments
AIS CMP Cycle 1 Contract

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