City Council Meeting - FINAL

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Meeting Date: 09/15/2020  
From: Trevor Henry, Project Manager

Rio de Flag Flood Control Project - Update
Facilitate Council discussion with an update on the project
  • The project plans are in the review process through the US Army Corps of Engineers.  Completion of the project design is anticipated for the fall, 2020. 
  • The US Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Flagstaff are working through the permit process with local stakeholders for utility relocations and jurisdictional permitted processes.
  • The US Army Corps Engineers is anticipating a contract award of Phase I in 2021. 
  • The City’s current schedule for activities for the project has to come from the US Army Corps of Engineers, and we are working to establish this critical information. 
  • Staff is working with the public outreach firm and sub-consultants to meet the Council’s request for information pertaining to the project scope addressed through social media, City’s web page and a future public open house.
  • The US Army Corps of Engineers, BNSF and the City are scheduled to meet on October 6th to continue discussions regarding all project matters.
Connection to Key Community Priorities, Objectives, Council Goal, Regional Plan and/or Team Flagstaff Strategic Plan:
Sustainable, Innovative Infrastructure
Utilize existing long-range plan(s) that identify the community's future infrastructure needs and all associated costs
Environmental Stewardship
Actively manage and protect all environmental and natural resources

Council Goal 2017 – 2019 - Transportation and Other Public Infrastructure
Deliver quality community assets and continue to advocate and implement a highly performing multi-modal transportation system.
Council Goal 2017 – 2019 - Environmental and Natural Resources
Actively manage and protect all environmental and natural resources
Regional Plan – Policy WR 5
Manage watersheds and stormwater to address flooding concerns, water quality, environmental protections, and rainwater harvesting.
Team Flagstaff Strategic Plan – Priority 3
Deliver outstanding services through a healthy environment, resources, and infrastructure.
Has There Been Previous Council Decision on This:
The Rio de Flag project has been before various City Councils for updates within the last 16 years.  Council has acted on executing the Project Cooperation Agreement between the City and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (2004) approving concurrent fiscal year budgets and consulting design service contracts.
City Council considered the Stormwater Fee increase as presented by staff on November 20, 2018.
City Council award of a professional services contract with Beta Public Relations, LLC on March 19, 2019, for a Public Outreach Campaign.
City Council considered and approved Change Order No. 13 to the design contract for Shephard Wesnitzer, Inc. for added work necessary to take the project design to completion.   
Staff has provided project updates with public outreach efforts to various City Commissions including Friends of the Rio community group.
Council provided direction on a photo simulation of the project scope for phases I and II.
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