Collier County
FL

Action Item
10553

Recommendation to evaluate two (2) options for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Joint Participation Agreement (JPA), for new landscaping on US 41 East (Collier Boulevard to Greenway Road), and Collier Boulevard South (US 41 East to Shell Island Road). (Joe Delate, Principal Project Manager, Road Maintenance)

Information

Department:Growth Management DepartmentSponsors:
Category:11 County Manager's Report

Attachments

  1. Printout
  2. Map_2019_10_31 (2)
  3. Landscape MSTU 2

Executive Summary

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

Recommendation to evaluate two (2) options for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Joint Participation Agreement (JPA), for new landscaping on US 41 East (Collier Boulevard to Greenway Road), and Collier Boulevard South (US 41 East to Shell Island Road).

 

 

OBJECTIVE: To determine which of the two (2) options the Board of County Commissioners (Board) will choose for the proposed FDOT JPA for US 41 East and Collier Boulevard South landscaping project.  

 

CONSIDERATIONS: On February 26, 2019 (Agenda Item 11.B), the Board of County Commissioners approved the suspension of new capital landscaping expenditures, and the reallocation of existing capital funding to cover increased maintenance costs.  With this approval, the Board authorized the completion of ongoing construction projects and the exploration of grant funding for existing roadways.  The FDOT’s approved work plan provides for a $2,851,040 JPA with Collier County for 8.24 miles of new landscaping construction on US 41 East (5.82 miles from Collier Boulevard to Greenway Road) and on Collier Boulevard South (2.42 miles from US 41 East to Shell Island Road).  The County will be responsible for the design costs (approximately $220,000) and the recurring maintenance costs (approximately $63,000 average cost per mile x 8.24 miles = approximately $520,000 per year plus incidentals equals approximately $600,000). 

 

Staff has developed  two (2) options for the Board’s consideration for the proposed FDOT JPA.  Staff is seeking direction now from the Board so the project can be formally decided before additional expenses are incurred.  The options are:

·              Option 1 - Decline to pursue the landscaping Joint Participation Agreement.

·              Option 2 - Explore the creation of an MSTU on benefiting properties to fund project maintenance after completion.

 

US41 and Collier Boulevard are two of the County's principal arterial roadways. Prior Boards have discussed forming specific area MSTUs for landscaping but chose to fund arterial landscaping through a tax increment added to the Unincorporated Area General Fund (111) millage.

 

FISCAL IMPACT: Landscaping maintenance costs continue to outpace planned levels of spending.  Significant development growth has created strong demand for landscape maintenance services and upward pressure on pricing. The trend to higher pricing is not expected to abate in the short term and bids continue to come in at higher than expected levels.

 

The current level of funding for the landscape beautification program is provided by an Unincorporated Area General Fund (111) millage increment of .0908. As provided in 2020 Budget Policy and Board approval of Agenda Item (11.B) on February 26, 2019, new capital landscaping expenditures have been suspended and funding reallocated to cover maintenance costs. While design costs of $220,000 can be sourced from existing landscape program funding, the perpetual annual maintenance funding of $600,000 cannot be sustained within the current level of program funding and staff does not recommend increasing the landscape millage increment.

 

The Fiscal impact of the two (2) options are as follows:

·              Option 1 - Decline to pursue the landscaping Joint Participation Agreement - no fiscal impact.

·              Option 2 - Design costs of approximately $220,000 can be provided from the current Landscaping  budget. Recurring maintenance cost of approximately $600,000 per year will be supported by tax proceeds generated by a new MSTU. The taxable property value within the proposed district is estimated at $2.2 billion. Funding the annual maintenance expense would require a millage rate of approximately .30, which equates to $30.00 per $100,000 dollars of taxable value.

 

GROWTH MANAGEMENT IMPACT: There is no Growth Management Impact associated with this action.

 

LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS:  This item has been reviewed by the County Attorney, raises no legal issues, and requires majority vote for Board approval. -JAK

 

RECOMMENDATION: To consider the two (2) options presented by Staff and provide direction to the County Manager.

 

Prepared by:  Joseph Delate, PLA, ASLA; Principal Project Manager, Road Maintenance Division

 

 

 

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