A Resolution of the City Council of Homer, Alaska, Expressing Support for the Establishment of a Water Infrastructure Set Aside Funding Program Within the Army Corps of Engineers, Pacific Ocean Division, Civil Works Program. City Manager/Port and Harbor Director.
CITY OF HOMER
Port and Harbor Director
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF HOMER, ALASKA, EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A WATER INFRASTRUCTURE SET ASIDE FUNDING PROGRAM WITHIN THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, PACIFIC OCEAN DIVISION, CIVIL WORKS PROGRAM.
WHEREAS, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) is the primary agency tasked with the development of water-related infrastructure throughout the nation; and
WHEREAS, The ACOE, Pacific Ocean Division, includes Alaska, Hawaii, and the Pacific Island Territories, all of which have economies highly dependent upon port infrastructure; and
WHEREAS, The United States Congress has suspended the use of congressionally–directed spending (earmarks) and now only funds projects identified through a scoring system that is heavily weighted in favor of urban ports; and
WHEREAS, Small and rural coastal communities within the Pacific Ocean Division do not have the population, business volume, or resources to compete with urban ports, yet are highly dependent upon waterborne commerce; and
WHEREAS, A line item set-aside or other dedicated funding mechanism should be established within the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill to recognize the unique circumstances of coastal communities in the ACOE Pacific Ocean Division; and
WHEREAS, Infrastructure projects in desperate need of funding for construction and repair include breakwaters, wave barriers, mooring basins, dredging, and flood and erosion control.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Homer City Council hereby encourages Congress to amend the FY 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill and the FY 2013 President’s Budget request to include an annual $50 M set-aside that the ACOE, Pacific Ocean Division, can prioritize and spend on projects necessary to sustain water related infrastructure in the coastal communities of the region.
PASSED AND ADOPTED by the Homer City Council this 24th day of May, 2011.
CITY OF HOMER
JAMES C. HORNADAY, MAYOR
JO JOHNSON, CMC, CITY CLERK
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