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February 4, 2015 Ways and Means Agenda

                                                                     AGENDA
                                                 WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE
                                                              February 4, 2015
                                                                    6:30 p.m.
                                            Administration Building - Board Room
                                                            220 N. Main Street
                                                          Ann Arbor, Michigan
                                                  http://www.ewashtenaw.org
 


I. Roll Call
 
II. Citizen Participation
 
III. Commissioner Follow-up to Citizen Participation
 
IV. New Business
 
 
A.  Economic Development
 
 1. Office of Community and Economic Development
 
 a. Adoption of the Water Street Redevelopment Area Brownfield Plan, 1-216 E. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti, MI
 
   -Adopting the Water Street Redevelopment Area Brownfield Plan, 1-216 E. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti
 
   -To support the mixed-use redevelopment of the Water Street area, a 38 acre area along the Huron River formerly used largely for manufacturing and commercial purposes into a productive property
   -To allow for the use of Tax Increment Financing to reimburse eligible activities that address contamination, site conditions, and public infrastructure in the specified area, including:
   - Baseline Environmental Assessment
   - Demolition and Site Preparation
   - Infrastructure Improvements
   - Preparation of Brownfield Plan and Work Plans
   - 15% Contingency
   - WCBRA Administrative Fees
   - Interest on unreimbursed eligible activities
   - Deposits into the County’s Local Site Revolving Remediation Fund
   -To support up to $22,874,634 in eligible activities, and assuming $84,000,000 estimated in new development spurred by these activities
 
   -Approval action includes the termination of the 2006 Water Street Redevelopment Area Brownfield Plan, as eligible activities, development partners, market conditions, and the Ypsilanti City master plan have changed
   -As the area is within a Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority Tax Increment Finance district, Brownfield Activities will capture the taxes generated on the first $1,930,758 of taxable value, after which increases in taxable value will be captured by the DDA
   -The plan was approved by the Ypsilanti City Council on December 16th, 2014, and by the Washtenaw County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority on January 8th, 2015
 
 RECOMMENDATION: Approval
 
 a. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Refugee Program
 
   -Authorizing the County Administrator to receive funding from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Refugee Program (TRP)
   -Through the Workforce Development Agency, State of Michigan
   -For the period of October 1, 2014, through September 20, 2015
 
   -Reoccurring formula grant to provide additional support for refugees that receive TANF cash assistance through the Family Independence Program
   -To provide job placement services such as client assessments, job search assistance, and training services that will help them achieve self-sufficiency
   -TRP services are currently utilized by 35 individuals
   -Funding is $12,800 greater than received in the prior program year
 
   -For a total program of $15,908
   -State Revenue: $15,908
   -County Match: $0
 
   -Upon receipt of the award:
     - Authorizing the Administrator to sign notice of grant award
     - Authorizing the Administrator to amend the budget
    - Authorizing the Administrator to sign delegate contracts
 
 RECOMMENDATION: Approval
 
 
B.  Support Services/ Board of Commissioners
 
 1. Office of Infrastructure Management / Board of Commissioners
 
 a. Amendments to the Washtenaw County Property Assessed Clean Energy Program
 
   -Amending the Washtenaw County Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program
 
   -To increase the allowed energy project costs to be up 25% of the market value as opposed to 25% of State Equalized Value (SEV)
   -To increase the allowed lien to value ratio of the property from 70% up to 80% of two times SEV
   -To eliminate the requirement that the audit upon completion of the project is performed by a third-party, and instead only requires a qualified auditor
   -To remove the requirement that changes to paragraph 11 require a public hearing
   -To clarify the role of Miller Canfield as PACE Counsel
 
 RECOMMENDATION: Approval
 
 
V. Report of the Administrator
 
VI. Report of the Chair of Ways & Means
 
VII. Report of the Chair of the Board
 
VIII. Items for Current/Future Discussion
 
IX. Pending
 
X. Adjournment
 
Next Ways & Means Meeting
February 18, 2015
Board Room
220 N. Main Street
Ann Arbor
6:30 p.m.

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