The County of Santa Cruz has proposed the construction and operation of a stormwater pump station to reduce water ponding in the Rio Del Mar Flats community. The County has secured grant funding for the construction of the pump station. However, in order to retrieve the funds and proceed with construction, funding for ongoing operations and maintenance of the pump station must also be secured. The County has proposed the formation of the Rio Del Mar Flats Assessment District ("Assessment District") as an ongoing source of funding for operations and maintenance. In part of the initial stages of the formation process, an engineer's report is required. The report separates and quantifies special and general benefits and provides a method of assessment with a proportional rate schedule. In this post, CivicMic shares the preliminary engineer's report for Rio Del Mar Flats Assessment District.
Preliminary Engineer's Report for Rio Del Mar Flats Assessment District
Zone 6 seeks to fund the ongoing operations and maintenance of a pump station in the Rio Del Mar Flats neighborhood. Maintenance and operations include, but are not limited to, runoff diversions which reduce the catchment area, the stormwater pump station and associated trash and water quality facilities, pipes, manholes, catch basins, vaults, valves, screens, power controls, other related facility appurtenances, and overhead.
Two special benefits would result from the ongoing maintenance and operations services that would be funded by the Assessment District:
- Reduced Risk of Flooding and Damage - Certain parcels will experience a reduced risk of flooding which will significantly reduce damage to the parcels and the properties on those parcels, as well as reduce the costs associated with flood damage like displacement for temporary quarters, debris removal, and flood cleanup. Additionally, there will be mitigation of risks related to personal injuries.
- Access to Property - Ponding will be significantly reduced which will result in fewer impediments in roadways that cause traffic delays and reduced access to property.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency ("FEMA") has granted construction funding to the County for the proposed pump station. The total project construction cost is $5.6M.
Below are the additional costs for ongoing maintenance and operations of the proposed pump station:
Total Annual Maintenance and Operations Costs
Balance to be Assessed
Annual Cost Escalation at 2.5%
To learn more, please read the complete preliminary engineer's report for Rio Del Mar Flats Assessment District.
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