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03/06/2012 06 2012 Federal Priorities Report and Recommendation r. o 5 5 C r i'k S BUSINESS OF THE CITY COUNCIL YAKIMA, WASHINGTON AGENDA STATEMENT r,, Item No. " For Meeting of: March 6, 2012 ITEM TITLE: Report and recommendation to adopt 2012 federal priorities SUBMITTED BY: Michael A. Morales, Interim City Manager CONTACT PERSON/TELEPHONE: Michael A. Morales, 575 -6040 SUMMARY EXPLANATION: Attached is a draft of the City of Yakima's proposed 2012 Federal Legislative issues. As proposed, the City would continue its requests for additional appropriations and support for competitive grant applications for public safety and economic development. Following Council approval, this document will be presented to our congressional delegation and other federal agency officials in Washington, DC next week. The City's delegation consists of Mayor Cawley, Councilman Dave Ettl, and Interim City Manager Michael Morales. Resolution Ordinance Other (specify) Contract: Mail to: Contract Term: Amount: Expiration Date: Insurance Required? No Funding Phone: Source: APPROVED FOR SUBMITTAL: City Manager .�/ STAFF RECOMMENDATION: Staff recommends adoption of the 2012 federal priorities. • BOARD /COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION: Legislative Committee recomends adoption ATTACHMENTS: Click to download ❑ 2012 Federal Priorities CITY OF YAIIMA 2012 FEDERAL PRIORITIES COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT • Resume funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program as a smart investment in the future of America's cities and towns. • Provide adequate, predictable, and long -term funding for airport capital and development proj ects. • Invest in local infrastructure programs, such as the Clean Water and Drinking Water Revolving Funds. • Closely consult with city and town officials on any proposed legislative or regulatory reforms to the CDBG program. • Support a hold harmless provision in any CDBG reform proposal so cities and towns affected by formula changes have a reasonable period of time to adjust to those formula changes. • Support efforts to improve CDBG performance measures and accountability standards in order to demonstrate meaningful and successful achievements in CDBG targeted neighborhoods. PUBLIC SAFETY • Combating violent crime and building a safe community is a Yakima Valley regional priority. • $750,000 COPS Tech appropriation to complete the Yakima County Integrated Public Safety Communications System • Support funding for OJJDP and other programs to address youth gang violence. • Support continued necessary federal funding for programs such as the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program, Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER), and Local Law Enforcement Block Grants. • Fund pilot programs to assist municipalities in developing creative solutions to combat crime. REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS • Support for the Yakima Trans Action Priorities, including: o Cascade Mill District Redevelopment Area o Martin Luther King, Jr. Railroad Grade Separation Project o Yakima East -West Corridor: Joint request with Yakima County for planning funds and inclusion in reauthorization of the transportation act • Reauthorization of the federal Transportation Act. • Ensure the sustainability of both the highway and mass transit accounts within the federal Highway Trust Fund. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES • Congressional delegation support to secure Brownfields Assessment, Cleanup and Redevelopment grants from the EPA Region 10 office.