Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - January 26, 2016
January 26, 2016 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #59

Section 5310 Capital and Operating Assistance Grant Applications for the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities


Contact and/or Presenter Information

William Steele, Transit Division Manager, William.Steele@mymanatee.org, (941) 747-8621 x7440

Chad Butzow, P.E., Deputy Director of Field Operations Services, Chad.Butzow@mymanatee.org, (941) 708-7450 x7432

Action Requested
Adoption of Resolution R-16-014 which authorizes the Chairperson to execute the submittal of capital and operating assistance grant applications to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for FY2016/17 Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 Funding.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Chapter 341, Florida Statutes, Rule 41-2, Florida Administrative Code, Plan 6.0 Mass Transit Element.

Background Discussion
  • The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 Formula Grant Program is a FTA program which provides funding to support transportation services to meet the special needs of the elderly and persons with disabilities.
  • The 5310 grants are used by Manatee County for capital and/or operational expenditures to support MCAT Paratransit (i.e. Handy Bus) services.  The FDOT serves as the "Designated Recipient" for the FTA Section 5310 Program and eligible applicants must apply to the FDOT for FTA Section 5310 program funding.
  • The MCAT FY2016/17 capital assistance application is a request for five (5) Paratransit/Handy Bus vehicles to replace existing vehicles, at the conclusion of their useful life.  Total capital cost is $526,080, which reflects a cost sharing comprised of $420,864 in FTA funding (80%); FDOT $52,608 (10%); and Manatee County Transit $52,608 (10%).
  • The FY 2016/17 Section 5310 operating assistance application is a request for operational assistance funding with a total value of $500,000 to support the Paratransit/Handy Bus service provision.  The total dollar value reflects a cost sharing with FTA comprised of $250,000 (50%) and local share (50%) required to meet grant criteria.  The local funding budgeted for the FY 2016/17 Paratransit operations is used for the Manatee County share of costs.  Typically, the local share is offset by in-kind eligible expenditures (i.e. Paratransit Operator salaries).
  • The FDOT operating funding awarded to Manatee County has ranged between $156,000 and $271,000, beginning with FY 2014/15 JPA. This funding will be utilized for operating expenses in FY 2016/17.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (Utilizes exact document or procedure approved within the last 18 months)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Provide four (4) certified copies of Resolution R-16-014 and two (2) original signed copies of each grant application to Edrick Sweeting, Grants Administrator, Edrick.Sweeting@mymanatee.org, Ext 7354.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
435-0012100 Paratransit Operating: Total Funds of $1,026,080 represents $52,608 County Match (Capital); $52,608 State FDOT Funds (Capital); $250,000 County Match Funds Operating (In-kind match, salaries); and $670,864 in FTA Funds (Capital & Operating)

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
The portion of expense in the above cost center is a revenue from FDOT.

Attachment:  Resolution R-16-014 5310 Application FY16.pdf
Attachment:  Section 5310 FY 2016 Application - Capital.pdf
Attachment:  Section 5310 FY 2016 Application - Operating.pdf