Storm Water Capital Improvement Requests

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POLICY STATEMENT 146

STORMWATER CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT REQUESTS

Prepared by:  Stephen Brown, Director of Water Resources
Supersedes: 5/26/2005
Adopted by Council:  10/30/14
Effective:  10/30/14 

Purpose 

To adopt an official policy for replacing/rehabilitating culverts, located in public rights-of-way, based on citizen requests or input from Town staff resulting from routine inspections or inventories. 

Coverage 

This policy upon adoption by the Town Council shall be applicable to all culvert replacement requests until such time that the policy statement is altered, modified, or rescinded by the Town Council. 

Policy  

The Town Council of the Town of Cary hereby establishes the following policy to ensure that culvert replacement requests receive the financial support of the council. Each year the Council shall receive a prioritized list of requests for culvert replacements/rehabilitations and provide budgetary support. 

A.   Proposed projects may be placed on the list by submitting to the Director of Water Resources either a citizen letter request or petition, Town Council or staff recommendation, or capital improvements program request. Proposed projects will be evaluated on the basis of the type of drainage problems, the community support for the proposed project, the project cost, the project benefits, the environmental effects, private funding participation and other storm water drainage engineering criteria. 

B.   Assuming the request meets the qualifying criteria, the request will be placed on the Town’s Stormwater Capital Improvement List.  Requests that are placed on the Town’s Stormwater Capital Improvement List will be rated based on the criteria included on the attached Stormwater Rating Sheet.  Staff will estimate construction costs, rate, and rank all stormwater requests and present the stormwater priority list to Town Council for approval of projects that can be constructed. Projects may be divided into multiple phases when the construction costs become excessive and where a logical breaking point can be determined. 

Minimum Qualifying Criteria:

  1. Project must be within the Town’s limits or ETJ.
  2. Project must receive public stormwater runoff.
  3. Project must provide public benefit and eliminate existing public safety concern or imminent danger of property damage.
  4. The stormwater improvement shall be installed in accordance with the Town of Cary Standard Specifications and Details.

CULVERT REPLACEMENT RATING SHEET

Date:

_____________________________________________________

Rated By:

_____________________________________________________

Culvert Location:

_____________________________________________________

BASIC

Project eliminates existing public safety concern or removes imminent danger of property damage.

 

Is project permittable?

YES. Continue with ranking criteria.

NO. Look for other alternative solutions.

RANKING CRITERIA

CRITERIA

POINTS

1. Does project require mitigation?

 

No mitigation required

150

Mitigation required

0

Project consistent with Neuse Rules, NPDES Permit, and Area Plans

50

Project NOT consistent with Neuse Rules, NPDES Permit and Area Plans

0

2. Total Town Cost to Implement Project (design, construction, mitigation, etc.)

 

Greater than $500,000

25

Between $250,000 and $500,000

50

Between $100,000 and $250,000

100

Less than $100,000

150

3. Public Stormwater Quantity / Drainage / Flooding / Floodplain Management Benefits

 

Provides high level of public benefit

100

Provides moderate level of public benefit

70

Provides low level of public benefit

20

Provides no public benefit

0

4. Public Stormwater Quality / Environmental / Watershed Restoration Benefits

 

Provides high level of public benefit

90

Provides moderate level of public benefit

60

Provides low level of public benefit

10

Provides no public benefit

0

5. Project Beneficial to Town's Public Stormwater System Maintenance Program

 

Project is highly beneficial to future maintenance issues

80

Project is moderately beneficial to future maintenance issues

40

Project is not beneficial to future maintenance issues

0

6. Funding Partnership/Participation with Non-Town Entities (if applicable)

 

50% or greater funding participation

60

25% to 50% funding participation

40

10% to 25% funding participation

20

Less than 10% funding participation

10

No funding participation / Not applicable

0

7. Project advances or experiments with new and/or innovative technologies

 

Yes

20

Moderately

10

No

0

TOTAL