Agenda Item # 1


Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting

6/7/2016

Agenda Report # 129


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Veterans Court Grant

INITIATED BY: Superior Court

Recommendation: Approval is requested to accept a Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s Grant award of $62,835 or as otherwise awarded for the purpose of funding the Muscogee County Veterans Treatment Court and to amend the multi-governmental fund by the amount awarded. The grant amount is $62,835 with a Local Match of $6,982 that the City of Columbus will be required to provide.

Background: This application is for the program’s yearly operating budget. The Muscogee County Veterans Treatment Court is one of eight (8) Accountability Courts specifically serving veterans, who are involved in the legal system in Georgia. The grant is to provide funding to continue the existing programs.

Analysis: This grant is a yearly award starting July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2017. The funding will allow the existing program to continue its services. One of the program’s goals is to increase the number of participants being served. Funding will also provide needed emergency treatment and other supports, which will increase the participant’s ability to remain free of the legal system. The Veterans Treatment Court received high ratings from the sate review this past year.

Financial Consideration: This grant amount is $62,835 with the City of Columbus being required to provide a Match of $6,982.

Legal Requirements: The requirements of the Grant are to provide the services outlined by the grant and to remain within the guidelines of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.

Recommendation: Authorize a resolution to approve the receipt of the awarded Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s Grant for the Muscogee County Veterans Treatment Court in the amount of $62,835 with a Match of $6,982, and to amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by the amount of the award and match.


A RESOLUTION

NO. _____


A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO APPROVE FOR ACCEPTANCE A GRANT FROM THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE COORDINATING COUNCIL TO FUND THE MUSCOGEE COUNTY VETERANS TREATMENT COURT WITH A GRANT AWARD OF $62,835, OR AS IS OTHERWISE AWARDED, TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR ITS OPERATION FROM JULY 1, 2016 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2017, WITH A REQUIRED LOCAL MATCH OF $6,982 PROVIDED BY THE CITY OF COLUMBUS, AND TO AMEND THE MULTI-GOVERNMENTAL FUND BY THE AMOUNT AWARDED AND LOCAL MATCH.

WHEREAS, federal funds have been made available to the State for the CJCC to fund Accountability Courts in the State of Georgia and the CJCC received applications from VETERANS TREATMENT Courts throughout the State of Georgia; and,

WHEREAS, funds have been made available from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council to the Muscogee County VETERANS TREATMENT Court for a 12 month period from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017; and,

WHEREAS, funds are being made available CJCC to fund VETERANS TREATMENT Courts in the State of Georgia and the CJCC has approved application from VETERANS TREATMENT Courts throughout the State of Georgia.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

That the City Manager is hereby authorized to approve the receipt of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s Grant to provide funding for the Muscogee County VETERANS TREATMENT Court in the amount of $62,835 with a required match from the City Of Columbus of $6,982 and amend the Multi-governmental Fund by the amount of the award and local match.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _____________, 2016 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ____________ members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting __________.
Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Davis voting __________.
Councilor Garrett voting __________.
Councilor Henderson voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.



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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor