City Council Combined Special Meeting/Work Session

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Meeting Date: 04/25/2023  
From: Jeremy DeGeyter, Project Manager
Department: Engineering and Capital Improvements  
Co-Submitter: Trevor Henry, Capital Improvements Engineer

Rio de Flag Flood Control Project - Update
Staff will present an update on the project to the Council and answer any questions.  The presentation will include an update on project information, schedule, and upcoming milestones.
The Rio de Flag Flood Control Project is included in the City’s Stormwater Management Capital Improvement Program and is the number one priority. The Project has also been the subject of numerous City Council meetings, City-to-Citizen communications and newspaper articles. 

The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) requested funding for their FY 20 work plan to construct the entire Project. The USACE received $52M which will complete their share (65%) of the project as outlined in the Project Cooperation Agreement. 

In 2018, the City Council authorized a fee increase to the Stormwater rate that would provide funding for the Capital Improvement Program (CIP). In 2019, City Council authorized collection of the rate increase. The rate increase will provide funding for the Stormwater CIP, of which the Rio de Flag Flood Control Project is the number one priority. The City has the capacity and commitment to complete our share of the project as outlined in the Project Cooperation Agreement. 

Previous City Council actions pertaining to authorized value changes, action items necessary for the continuation of the Project and updates have been considered since FY 2004-2005. 

Priority Based Budget Key Community Priorities and Objectives
  • Deliver outstanding services to residents through a healthy, well maintained infrastructure system.
  • Strengthen Flagstaff’s resilience to climate change impacts on built, natural, economic, health, & social systems.
Carbon Neutrality Plan
  • Encourage vibrancy, appropriate density, and attainability in existing neighborhoods, so that more residents live within walking distance of their daily needs. 
  • Create inclusive networks for walking and biking that are continuous, attractive, safe, comprehensive, and convenient for people of all ages.
Regional Plan
  • Manage watersheds and stormwater to address flooding concerns, water quality, environmental protections, and rainwater harvesting.
  • Increase the region’s preparedness for extreme climate events.
  • Incorporate pedestrian access, trails, and watchable wildlife opportunities into natural watercourses when practical.
  • Improve mobility and access throughout the region.
  • Increase the availability and use of pedestrian infrastructure, including FUTS, as a critical element of a safe and livable community. 


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