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Professional Services Agreement regarding <br />Professional Lobbying and Consulting Services <br />May 2, 2017 <br />Page 2 of 4 <br /> <br /> <br />Watershed Management Program (“EWMP”) Plan, which include two stormwater <br />capture and groundwater recharge projects located at The Peck Road Water <br />Conservation Park and the County Arboretum. These projects will help both cities to <br />comply with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (“NPDES”) Permit and <br />remediate surrounding water quality while increasing groundwater levels in the <br />Raymond and Main San Gabriel Groundwater Basins. <br /> <br />In 2011, Congress placed a moratorium on earmarks that resulted in freezing funding <br />under WRDA. In 2016, Congress approved a WRDA bill that includes the City of <br />Arcadia and Sierra Madre’s $20 million dollar authorization. The WRDA bill provides for <br />critical investment in aging drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in meeting <br />public health standards under the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act, and <br />promotes innovative technologies and collaborative ideas to address drought and other <br />critical water resource needs. Securing grant funding through WRDA will help offset <br />about $350 million in capital costs over 20 years for projects in the City’s EWMP. <br /> <br />The City of Sierra Madre is currently in transition with a new City Manager, while also in <br />the process of appointing a Public Works Director. Despite these changes in <br />partnership coordination, time is of the essence and the City of Arcadia needs to <br />advance with lobbying efforts to be in the best position to secure the WRDA <br />appropriation in a timely manner. Should the City Council move forward with awarding <br />the PSA, staff will reach out to Sierra Madre to work on a cost sharing agreement for <br />professional lobbying services. <br /> <br />DISCUSSION <br /> <br />The City is currently in an advantageous position to pursue the release of funding from <br />the 2007 WRDA authorization and other state and federal grant funding opportunities. <br />Deliberations for federal budget appropriations are ongoing and the new presidential <br />administration is more favorable towards prioritizing infrastructure related projects. The <br />successful release of grant funding from the 2007 WRDA authorization is contingent on <br />many factors, although the selection of an effective lobbying firm is critical. <br /> <br />Staff sent a Request for Proposal (“RFP”) for government relations advocacy services <br />for state and federal grant funding to four firms: The Furman Group, Best Best & Krieger <br />(BB&K), Squire Patton Boggs, and Holland & Knight. Only one proposal was received, <br />which was from BB&K. City staff contacted each firm to find out why they did not submit <br />a proposal. The Furman Group said they felt that BB&K had preference because they <br />were the City’s legal counsel. Squire Patton Boggs and Holland & Knight simply were <br />disinterested in pursuing the proposal. BB&K is well qualified to pursue the 2007 WRDA <br />authorization and other state and federal grant funding opportunities for the City. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />