County will discuss possible grants for roads, storage tank leak prevention

County supervisors on Tuesday will discuss applying for a California Environmental Protection Agency grant to implement a program that will prevent rural underground storage tank leaks.

According to the staff's report, the environmental protection agency has allocated $64,343 to Del Norte County for the three-year grant period. The funds can be used to reimburse the county for the cost of an increased number of inspections, owner training, enforcement and continued development of the program.

The county must be able to contribute 25 percent of the grant funding, according to the staff report. If the Board of Supervisors chooses not to pursue grant funding, there would be an additional financial burden on the county's general fund, according to the report.

Supervisors will also discuss grant funding through the state's Active Transportation Program, which released a call for projects in March and is offering $360 million. The funding can be used for Safe Routes to School projects or bicycle transportation.

The county will likely be submitting three Active Transportation Program grant applications for Safe Routes to School projects on El Dorado Street and Arlington Drive.

County supervisors will also decide whether to submit an Active Transportation Program grant application to build a bicycle trail between the east end of Second Street and Howland Hill Road.

Supervisors will also hear from County Engineer Jim Barnts about the results of engineering and traffic surveys done on nine Del Norte County roads. The traffic survey results may lead to the Board reducing the speed limit on Cooper Avenue between Inyo and J streets from 35 to 30 miles per hour.

The Del Norte County Board of Supervisor meets at 10 a.m. at the Flynn Administrative Center, 981 H Street. Agendas and staff reports are available

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