Agenda Item # 8

Columbus Consolidated Government

Council Meeting

August 12, 2014

Agenda Report # 18


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Fiscal Year 2015 / 2013 Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) Technology Program

INITIATED BY: Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office

Recommendation: Approval is requested to submit an application, and if approved, accept a grant in the amount of $17,480, or that approved amount, with a cash match required of $6,770 from the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by the amount awarded.

Background: Funds have been allocated through the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) which aims to close potential gaps and loopholes that existed under prior law and generally strengthens the nationwide network of sex offender registration and notification programs. Muscogee County is eligible for $17,480.

Analysis: The funds will be used to update the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office Identification Unit to comply with the National Palm Print System (NPPS), which will further enhance the registration and tracking of sex offenders and sexual predators.

Financial Considerations: The grant is for $17,480, or the amount approved, with $6,770 in cash matching funds. The funds will be used to come into compliance with the National Palm Print System.

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: This grant will be funded one time only. There will be an annual fiscal impact of 12% of the purchase price for maintenance for Years 2-5.

Legal Considerations: The Columbus Consolidated Government has been notified of its eligibility to receive the funds.

Recommendations/ Actions: Authorize to submit an application, and if approved, accept a grant from the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).


A RESOLUTION

NO. _______


A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION, AND IF AWARDED, ACCEPT A GRANT FROM THE GEORGIA CRIMINAL JUSTICE COORDINATING COUNCIL FOR THE MUSCOGEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IN THE AMOUNT OF $17,480, OR AS OTHERWISE AWARDED, TO FUND THE PURCHASE OF SOFTWARE SYSTEMS, HARDWARE, SERVICES AND INTERFACES FOR THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE IDENTIFICATION UNIT WITH A CASH MATCH REQUIRED OF $6,770 AND AMEND THE MULTI-GOVERNMENTAL FUND BY THE AMOUNT AWARDED.

WHEREAS, funds will be used to update the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office identification Unit to comply with the National Palm Print System (NPPS), which will further enhance the registration and tracking of sex offenders and sexual predators; and,

WHEREAS, this equipment is required to fulfill GBI’s full palm print submission requirement by March 2015; and,

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

That the City Manager is hereby authorized to submit a grant application and, if approved, accept a grant from the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for $17,480, or the amount approved, with a required match of $6,770 to fund the purchase of a software system, hardware, services and interfaces for the Sheriff’s Office Identification Unit and amend the multi-governmental fund by the amount awarded.


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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _____________, 2014 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 Henderson voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor McDaniel voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.


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Sandra T. Davis, Deputy Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor