Agenda Item # 4
Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting
April 12, 2016
Agenda Report #106

TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: 2016 Homeland Security Grant Program-Hazmat

INITIATED BY: Columbus Fire and EMS Department


Recommendation: Approval is requested to accept a grant of $154,545, or as otherwise awarded, from the 2016 Homeland Security Grant Program for the maintenance of Hazardous Materials Equipment and to amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by like amount with no matching funds required.

Background: Funds have been allocated to the 2016 Homeland Security Grant Program for the maintenance of Hazardous Materials equipment. This equipment was received to improve Hazardous Materials Response to the citizens of Columbus and surrounding counties in the event of a terrorist event, industrial accident, or any other chemical, biological or radiation accident.

The Hazardous Materials Response Team will be able to respond to incidents across the state under mutual aid, but the local jurisdictions own the vehicle and equipment.

Analysis: The state is providing the funds for new equipment and the maintenance of equipment already received from the state.

Financial Considerations: The grant is for equipment maintenance amounting to $154,545, with no matching funds required.

Legal Considerations: The Columbus Consolidated Government is eligible to receive these funds.

Recommendation/Action: Approval is requested to accept a grant of $154,545, or as otherwise awarded, from the 2016 Homeland Security Grant Program for the maintenance of Hazardous Materials Equipment and to amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by like amount with no matching funds required.

A RESOLUTION
No. _____

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO ACCEPT A GRANT OF $154,545 OR AS OTHERWISE AWARDED, FROM THE 2016 HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT PROGRAM AND IF NEEDED, AMEND THE MULTI-GOVERNMENTAL FUND BY LIKE AMOUNT. THESE FUNDS WILL BE UTILIZED FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS RESPONSE EQUIPMENT. THIS EQUIPMENT WAS RECEIVED TO IMPROVE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS RESPONSE TO THE CITIZENS OF COLUMBUS AND SURROUNDING COUNTIES IN THE EVENT OF A TERRORIST EVENT, INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT, OR ANY OTHER CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL OR RADIATION ACCIDENT.

WHEREAS, the Columbus Fire and Emergency Medical Services has an established Hazardous Materials Response Team utilizing equipment obtained through other federal grants; and

WHEREAS, the maintenance of equipment requested in the grant proposal will greatly enhance the current emergency response program; and,

WHEREAS, the funds have been allocated through the 2016 Homeland Security Grant Program; and,

WHEREAS, the equipment will be utilized to respond to Hazardous Materials emergencies to Columbus and the surrounding counties and,

WHEREAS, this grant proposal requires no matching funds.

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

1) That the City Manager is hereby authorized to accept a Homeland Security Grant of $154,545 from the 2016 Homeland Security Grant Program.

2) Amend the budget if needed through increasing the Multi-Governmental Fund by $154,545 or the actual amount funded.
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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 Buck voting ____________.
Councilor Davis voting ____________.
Councilor Henderson voting ____________.
Councilor Huff voting ____________.
Councilor Turner-Pugh voting ____________.
Councilor Thomas voting ____________.
Councilor Woodson voting ____________.


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