Prescott
AZ

Council Memo
2315

Acceptance of Hazardous Fuels Mitigation Funding through the Wild Fire Hazardous Fuels (WFHF) grant program from the Arizona Division of Forestry and Fire Management and a Yavapai County Forest Project Using Title III Funding. The city's portion is $9,196.00 from the General Fund.

Information

Department:FireSponsors:
Category:Approval

Attachments

  1. Printout
  2. Letter from State Forester regarding award of Grant No. WFHF 18-205
  3. Title III Forest Project Funding (This file has not yet been converted to a viewable format)

Document Comments

Recommended Action: MOVE to accept Hazardous Fuels Mitigation Funding through the Wild Fire Hazardous Fuels (WFHF) grant program from the Arizona Division of Forestry and Fire Management and a Yavapai County Forest Project Using Title III Funding.

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Item Summary

 

The awards will provide funding for two hazardous fuels projects to be completed by the Fire Department Community Risk Reduction Division.  The projects serve to decrease wildland fire fuel density and intensity to protect the City of Prescott and watersheds. Project 1 location is on private property in the Mountain Club area bordering the United States Forest Service property. Project 2 is the City of Prescott Chipping Program.

 

Background

 

The objective of Project 1 includes decreasing fire intensity potential in the community of the Mountain Club.  Completion of this project will provide a buffer for the City of Prescott and surrounding infrastructure from wildfire by implementing a combination of hand thinning, mastication and mechanical thinning, as well as chipping and hauling of materials being removed. Detailed project timelines, as well as scope of work, were submitted and approved with the application.  This is a 90/10 grant with 90% of the funding coming from the federal government and 10% funded by the City.

 

The objective of Project 2 includes disposal of thinned vegetation materials by way of our Chipping program. Yavapai County has notified the Prescott Fire Department that the grant proposal submitted was approved for Title III Forest Project Funding.  The Fire Department originally requested $65,000.00. Yavapai County awarded $31,000.00. This award is 100% grant funding. Yavapai County has already sent a check for half of this amount to the City, where it is being held by the Finance Department pending grant acceptance.

 

Financial Impact

 

Total for Grant Project 1:

Mountain Club WFHF $91,960.00 total: $82,764.00 (90%) Federal funds, $9,196.00 (10%) City match. Future maintenance of this project will be the responsibility of individual home owners; the Prescott Fire Department Community Risk Reduction Division will be available to assist homeowners with questions and education on how to effectively complete maintenance.

 

Total for Grant Project 2:

Title III Forest Project Funding $31,000.00 total:  This award is 100%

Meeting History

Jan 22, 2019 3:00 PM  City Council Voting Meeting
draft Draft

This Item was pulled from the Consent Agenda by Councilman Goode.

Councilman Goode asked about the City's responsibility to pay for 10% funding match even though it is outside the jurisdiction of the City of Prescott, and what are the other jurisdictions, like Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority, responsible to cover if anything.

Fire Chief Dennis Light stated that the Wildfire Hazardous Fuels Reduction Program to create defensible space around the City of Prescott has been in place for several decades and that annually the US Forest Service, Arizona Department of Forest and Fire Management and local cooperators and Bureau of Land Management get together to discuss what will work. The 10% was covered through the general fund and it was not sought from any of the other jurisdictions. Central Arizona does not have the funding to cover this so that was why the City of Prescott will be covering it.

Councilman Goode said as this is not within the city limits, this should be cost shared with other jurisdictions.

Councilman Sischka commented that even if the other organizations say no to cost sharing and participation, Prescott would not be any safer and if this arrangements keeps Prescott safe than it is worth the money, that is paramount.

Councilman Lamerson stated that he agrees with Councilman Sischka, it is our responsibility to keep the city safe.

Chief Light said that in the future he will reach out to the other local jurisdictions regarding cost sharing.

Mayor Pro Tem Orr discussed the collaboration and cooperation between all the jurisdictions and she supports this.

Councilman Goode said that he isn't going to vote against this because it is important for public safety, however, he feels the other jurisdictions should have been approached.

RESULT:APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Alexa Scholl, Councilwoman
SECONDER:Jim Lamerson, Councilman
AYES:Greg Mengarelli, Billie Orr, Steve Blair, Phil Goode, Jim Lamerson, Alexa Scholl, Steve Sischka