Manatee County Government Administrative Center First Floor, Commission Chambers 9:00 a.m. - January 9, 2018
REVISED January 9, 2018 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #39

Notice of Grant Award for Replacement Paratransit (i.e. Handy Bus) Vehicles


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
Authorization for the Chairperson to execute the Fiscal Year 2017/18 Notice of Grant Award with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 Program funding FL-16-0042 in the amount of $255,378. The FTA Section 5310 Program provides funding to "Enhance the Mobility of Seniors and Individuals With Disabilities" and the funding award is for the purchase of three (3) replacement vehicles.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Chapter 341, Florida Statutes
Rule 41-2, Florida Administrative Code
Plan 6.0 Mass Transit Element
Resolution R-16-175

Background Discussion
  • On December 13, 2016, the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) approved Resolution R-16-175 authorizing the submittal of an application to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 Program funding. The capital assistance application included a request for two (2) Paratransit Handy Bus Vehicles and (1) high top van to replace vehicles at the conclusion of their useful life, for a total funding request of $255,378.
  • The FTA Section 5310 Grant Program provides funding to support transportation services that meet the special needs of the elderly and persons with disabilities.
  • The FTA Section 5310 program grants are used by Manatee County Government for capital and/or operational expenditures to support Paratransit (i.e. Handy Bus) specialized 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.
  • On November 28, 2017, the Notice of FTA Section 5310 Grant Award/FL-16-0042, State Fiscal Year 2017/18 was issued to Manatee County Government from FDOT District 1. The Notice of FTA Section 5310 Grant Award provides funding for capital expenses to purchase two (2) replacement Handy Buses and one (1) High Top Wheelchair lift-equipped van to meet the special needs of the elderly and individuals with disabilities for a total grant award of $255,378.
  • The total dollar value of the award reflects a cost sharing with the FTA of $204,302 (80%); FDOT $25,537 (10%); and Manatee County $25,539 (10%). The 10% local share is required to meet grant criteria and is currently programmed in the adopted FY 2017/18 Paratransit cost center budget to support the Manatee County share of capital costs.
  • The FTA Section 5310 capital assistance affords an opportunity to update the Handy Bus program vehicle fleet which benefits service delivery for the elderly and persons with disabilities in the Manatee County service area.

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
Please return two (2) signed copies of 5310 Notice of Grant Awards to Edrick Sweeting, Grants Administrator, Edrick.Sweeting@mymanatee.org, x7354, to be forwarded to the Florida Department of Transportation. A fully executed Notice of Grant Award will be forwarded to Board Records upon return.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
435-0012100 Paratransit Operating:$25,539 County Matching Funds;$204,302 Federal FTA Funds;$25,537 FDOT Funds,Total $255,378

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

Attachment:  Notice of Grant Award - Manatee 5310-42 NOGA FFY17.pdf
Attachment:  Resolution R-16-175 Signed.pdf