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File #: 18-1022    Version: 1
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 6/21/2018 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 7/24/2018 Final action: 7/24/2018
Title: Community Development Services, Department of Transportation, recommending the Board adopt and authorize the Chair to sign Resolution 153-2018 sanctioning the revision to the financial assurance for the Somerset Mine: 1) Increase the Pledge of Revenue amount to between $150,000 and $210,000; and 2) Make the financial assurance mechanism effective for five (5) years from the signed date of this Resolution. FUNDING: Road Fund. (Local - 100%)
Attachments: 1. A - Resolution Routing, 2. B - Resolution, 3. C - Resolution 084-2015, 4. Executed Resolution 153-2018
Related files: 15-0532
Title
Community Development Services, Department of Transportation, recommending the Board adopt and authorize the Chair to sign Resolution 153-2018 sanctioning the revision to the financial assurance for the Somerset Mine:
1) Increase the Pledge of Revenue amount to between $150,000 and $210,000; and
2) Make the financial assurance mechanism effective for five (5) years from the signed date of this Resolution.

FUNDING: Road Fund. (Local - 100%)
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DEPARTMENT RECOMMENDATION
Community Development Services, Department of Transportation (Transportation), recommending the Board approve and authorize the Chair to sign the Resolution sanctioning the revision to the financial assurance for the Somerset Mine:
1) Increase the Pledge of Revenue amount to between $150,000 and $210,000; and
2) Make the financial assurance mechanism effective for five (5) years from the signed date of this Resolution.

DISCUSSION / BACKGROUND
Transportation operates an open pit mine known as Somerset Mine for the purpose of mining decomposed granite which is used to control snow and ice conditions on the West Slope. The Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 and Public Resources Code Section 2710 requires the surface mining operator to provide lead agencies with financial assurance for reclamation of mined sites. With such financial assurances, the public is not held responsible for the reclamation of the site. In the event of such abandonment or financial incapability by the operator, the financial assurance funds will be used by the lead agency (State Mining and Geology Board) to reclaim both the mined lands and those surrounding affected lands.

Resolution 084-2015 was approved by the Board on June 9, 2015 and provided a pledge of revenue amounts between $135,000 and up to $180,000 for a period of five (5) years expiring June 9, 2020 (Item No. 16). Each year, the Department provides the State Mining and Geology Board (as lead agency) with a financial assurance cost estim...

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