Questions and Answers: Rubberized Asphalt Concrete (RAC) Chip Seal Grant Program (FY 2007/08)
Questions about the RAC Chip Seal application were accepted in writing only. Similar or related questions were grouped together or reworded for clarity and responded to as one question
The question and answer period is now closed for this grant cycle. All questions and answers are posted on this site.
Is our City considered a NEW USER or ON-GOING user if our City received an Asphalt-Rubber Hot Mix (ARHM) [Targeted RAC Incentive or RAC Use] grant last year?
Having received either a Targeted Rubberized Asphalt Concrete (RAC) Incentive or RAC Use grant from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) has no bearing on your eligibility status for the RAC Chip Seal grant program. The eligibility status for the RAC Chip Seal grant program is determined by the number of RAC chip seal projects that the jurisdiction has constructed in the past. If a jurisdiction has had two or fewer RAC chip seal projects constructed, it is considered a new-user. If it has had three or more projects constructed, it is considered an on-going user.
If the Chip Seal Grant Program is being implemented for the first time this year, is everyone considered a "NEW" user?
Some jurisdictions have previously completed RAC chip seal projects. For the purposes of the RAC Chip Seal grant program, if a jurisdiction has had two or fewer RAC chip seal projects constructed, it is considered a new-user. If it has had three or more projects constructed, it is considered an on-going user.
Can we use the quantity (square yard of Chip Seal work) to apply for both the "New User" and the "On-going" Chip Seal grants?
Yes, if a jurisdiction is considered a new user and has a project that has sufficient size (over 150,000 square yards), then they can apply for a grant in both eligibility categories (new and on-going). The new user can apply for $150,000 (150,000 square yards @ $1.00 per square yard) as a new user, and any remaining square yardage can be requested at the on-going user rate of $0.20 per square yard up to an additional $150,000 (on-going user maximum).
We have completed 2 previous projects (Total= 195,334 SY) using Asphalt-Rubber Aggregate Membrane (ARAM)/Chip Seal. We are in the process of awarding a contract for the third project: Total= 33,219 SY ARAM/Chip Seal. Do these projects qualify as on-going or new-user projects?
Since there are only two completed projects, this jurisdiction qualifies as a new user and the proposed (third) project can be considered at the new user reimbursement rate of $1.00 per square yard. The two completed projects do not qualify for grant reimbursement.
I would appreciate if you could tell me how long cities have to expend the grant funds once they receive the award. Our project list for fiscal year (FY) 2007/08 goes to bid within the next few weeks, but any potential grant would benefit our FY 2008/09 projects.
For all grants awarded in FY 2007/08, grant recipients will have to complete their projects and request reimbursement by April 2010. Applicants may apply for grant funds for projects that will be completed by April 2010.
Is there is a matching portion that the City must come up with on the projects?
There is no minimum matching requirement for the RAC Chip Seal grant program; however, the grant funds typically cover only a portion of the costs of constructing a RAC chip seal project.
Will our city have to get new resolutions from our City Council to join the ARAM program if we received a Targeted RAC Incentive or RAC Use grant last year?
If the jurisdiction’s previous Targeted RAC Incentive or RAC Use grant resolution was worded to include applying for either all CIWMB tire or RAC grants and has an acceptable term/timeframe (e.g., five years), then it may be valid for use with the RAC Chip Seal grant program. Please contact Elena Yates at (916) 341-6668 or eyates@ calrecycle.ca.gov for more information.
Can the application be compiled of different streets and separate construction contracts applied to one grant application?
Separate bid construction contracts can be listed/aggregated on a single application. If a (or each) construction contract entails work on several streets, a list of streets can be included on a separate sheet attached to the application.