Agenda Item # 7

Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting

10/23/2018

Agenda Report # 45


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: FY2020 Grant Application for Planning Assistance

INITIATED BY: Department of Transportation/METRA


Recommendation: Approval is requested to authorize the Department of Transportation/METRA to submit application, and if awarded, accept a Grant in the amount of $119,396 or otherwise awarded from the United States of America, and Georgia Department of Transportation under Title 49 U.S.C., Section 5303. Approval is also requested to authorize the City Manager or Mayor to accept grant funds if approved and execute contracts with GDOT.

Background: The city has been applying for capital, planning and operating grants to the Federal Transit Administration and the Georgia Department of Transportation since 1972. The Federal Transit Administration Grants are funded in the following manner.

CAPITALPLANNINGOPERATING
State 53030%90%0%
Local 53030%10%0%


The Georgia Department of Transportation provides planning assistance in the amount of 10% of the total planning grants to the Federal Transit Administration. The city government has provided the required match on grants to FTA and GDOT since 1972. Funding from GDOT may be curtailed based on State Budget issues.


Analysis:
Title 49 U.S.C. Section 5303
(Formerly Section 8)


GRANT 5303
CITY
GDOT
FTA
TOTAL
PLANNING
$13,266
$119,396
$0
$132,663

Financial Considerations: If the City does not apply for the grants, Columbus would be turning down $132,663 in state funds to support public transportation in our local community.

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: The provision of over a million passenger transit trips annually and the purchase of capital equipment (e.g., transit buses) needed to support the safe transport of citizens within the urbanized area of Columbus.

Legal Considerations: The intent to apply for a Federal Transit Grant listing the program of projects must be advertised in the local paper. A resolution must be submitted with the application from the City Council authorizing application for a grant, authorizing the City Manager or Mayor to accept the grant and enter into a contract with the Federal Transit Administration and the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Recommendations/ Actions: Approval is requested to approve the City to submit an application for planning the Georgia Department of Transportation in the total amount of $132,663 and further authorizing the City Manager or Mayor to apply for, and if approved, enter into a contract with the Federal Transit Administration and the Georgia Department of Transportation.


A RESOLUTION
NO.
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A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER OF COLUMBUS GEORGIA TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR, AND IF AWARDED, ACCEPT A GRANT IN THE AMOUNT OF $119,396 OR OTHERWISE AWARDED FROM THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION UNDER TITLE 49 U.S.C., SECTION 5303.

WHEREAS, the Secretary of the US Department of Transportation and the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation are authorized to make grants for mass transportation projects; and,

WHEREAS, the contract for financial assistance will impose certain obligations upon Applicant, including the provision of the local share of project costs in the amount of $13,266; and,

WHEREAS, it is required by the United States Department of Transportation and the Georgia Department of Transportation in accordance with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, that in connection with the filing of an application for assistance under the Federal Transit Act, the applicant gives an assurance that it will comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the United States Department of Transportation requirements thereunder; and,

WHEREAS, it is the goal of the Applicant that Minority Business Enterprise (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Women's Business Enterprise) be utilized to the fullest extent possible in connection with this project, and that definitive procedures shall be established and administered to ensure that minority business shall have the maximum feasible opportunity to compete for contracts and purchase orders when procuring construction contracts, supplies, equipment contracts, or consultant and other services.
NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

(1)

That the City Manager or his designee, hereinafter referred to as the “Official,” is authorized to execute and file an application on behalf of the Consolidated Government of Columbus, Georgia with the Georgia Department of Transportation, to aid in the financing of a technical study grant pursuant to Section 5303 of the Federal Transit Act to implement specific items of the FY 2020 Unified Planning Work Program.
(2)

That the Official is authorized to execute and file such application and assurances or any other document required by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Georgia Department of Transportation effectuating the purpose of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
(3)

That the Official is authorized to execute and file all other standard assurances or any other document required by the Georgia Department of Transportation or the U.S. Department of Transportation in connection with the application for public transportation assistance.
(4)

That the Official is authorized to execute grant contract agreements on behalf of the Applicant with the Georgia Department of Transportation.
(5)

That the Official is authorized to set forth and execute Minority Business Enterprise, DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) and WBE (Women Business Enterprise) policies and procedures in connection with the project's procurement needs as applicable.
(6)

That the applicant while making application to or receiving grants from the Federal Transit Administration will comply with FTA Circular 8100.1D, FTA Certifications and Assurances for Federal Assistance 2020 as listed in this grant application and General Operating Guidelines as illustrated in the Georgia State Management Plan.
(7)

That the applicant has or will have available in the General Fund the required non-federal funds in the amount of $13,266 to meet local share requirements for this grant application.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the day of , 2018 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 House voting _____________.
Councilor Huff voting _____________.
Councilor Thomas voting _____________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting _____________.
Councilor Woodson voting _____________.




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Lindsey Glisson, Deputy Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor