Agenda Item # ___

Columbus Consolidated Government

Council Meeting


Agenda Report # ____

TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Right from the Start

INITIATED BY: Columbus Office of Crime Prevention

Recommendation: Approval is requested to enter into a one-year contract with Right from the Start to award funding for Crime Prevention initiatives.

Background: Columbus Office of Crime Prevention has agreed to recommend the funding of $40,000.00 to Right from the Start in an effort to mentor juveniles from ages 12-16 in middle schools to reduce the drug usage, pregnancy and delinquency among juveniles within the Muscogee County School System.

Analysis: Funds will be used to pay for quality programming as well as mentoring for juveniles.

Financial Considerations: These funds are appropriated from the Other Local Option Sales Tax, Crime Prevention Program and do not require a match.

Recommendations/ Actions: Approve the resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into a one-year contract with Right from the Start to provide funding for mentoring and quality programming for middle school children.


NO. _____


WHEREAS, Right from the Start has the Right from the Start Program to impact the lives of juveniles to reduce the rate of drug usage, pregnancy and delinquency and,

WHEREAS, the Columbus Office of Crime Prevention has authorized funding under the Crime Prevention Program for this project in the amount of $40,000.00 to the Right from the Start Program.


The Mayor is hereby authorized to enter into a one-year contract through the Columbus Office of Crime Prevention with Right from the Start for $40,000.00 for funding the Right from the Start Program. Funds are budgeted in the FY16 budget: Other Local Option Sales Tax, Crime Prevention Program.


Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the 23rd day of June, 2015 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 Pugh voting_________________.
Councilor Thomas voting______________.
Councilor Woodson voting_____________.

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Local Assistance Grant Agreement

Grant Program Name: Columbus Office of Crime Prevention

Fiscal Agent: Muscogee County

Administering Agency: Columbus Office of Crime Prevention

Grant Recipient: Right from the Start

Grant Amount: $40,000.00

Budget: Personnel – $40,000.00
Total - $40,000.00

Program Contact Information

Name: Carmen Overton Title: Executive Director

Address: 2022 Fifteenth Avenue, Columbus, GA 31901

Phone #: 706-649-6507

Project Description

The funding of this program will be concentrated on reducing the teen pregnancy rate within Muscogee County schools. It will be utilized to provide students with the skills to handle peer pressure, avoid risky situations, set goals to say “no” to dangerous temptations and to increase relationship skills necessary.

To date this project has experienced a high success rate as evidenced by the decrease in teen pregnancy rates and by student reported data on post evaluation assessments.

By funding this program they will be able to expand their reach into the 7th and 8th grade and finish up in 9th. Evidence suggest that these are the years in which students are most vulnerable to make unhealthy decisions.

    I, Laura Byard the duly authorized representative of the above named Grant Recipient, do hereby agree to the following terms that outline the requirements of Columbus, Georgia for organizations/agencies receiving funds from the Columbus Office of Crime Prevention. I have been given the opportunity to ask questions regarding these terms and fully understand my organization’s obligations incurred by accepting this grant. I understand that prior to the disbursements of any funds the following criteria must be met:

        1. The above named Grant Recipient represents the beneficiaries of the Grant and the above named individual is authorized to act in the name of Teen Advisors as the Grant Recipient.
        2. The subject matter of this Agreement is primarily the provision of services in the form of individualized after school programming through tutoring and mentoring.
        3. The Grant Recipient shall immediately notify the Agency if any of their service providers are arrested. At the time Grant Recipient learns that one of its service providers has been arrested, then Grant Recipient shall cease to use such service provider in connection with programs funded by this Grant.

        4. In the initial report submitted to the Administering Agency, Grant Recipient shall provide: (a) the name of the chairman and the secretary of the advisory committee; (b) the times and dates that the Grant programs are available – essentially a schedule of services; (c) the number of participants in the program; (d) Description of the process used to identify individuals for which services will be provided; (e) provide specifics on the evaluation process that addresses how the process will work, how the statistical data will be gathered, how it will be analyzed.
        5. Grant Recipient shall provide an accounting system that shall separate Grant Funds from other funds. The accounting system shall also separate Grant related expenses from other expenses.

        6. Grant Recipient shall submit to Agency a monthly report on the progress of the programs. The report shall provide statistical data that supports the projects goals of reducing the recidivism rates of the participants within the program.

        7. Grant Recipient shall use Grant Funds strictly for the purposes outlined in the Grant. Any changes to the programs must be submitted in writing to Columbus Office of Crime Prevention for approval or the funding may be jeopardized.

          8. Grant Recipient shall identify the members of its Board of Directors which will assume liability if the CCG determines the funds have been misused.
          9. Monthly report must be submitted to Seth Brown electronically by the 10th day of the month. Once the report is approved it will be submitted to the Office of Crime Prevention Board for evaluation.

          10. The Grant Recipient shall use generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) to account for all financial transactions used to substantiate the fulfillment of this Grant.
          11. The Grant Recipient shall maintain all records of Grant-related financial transactions for a minimum of three years after the completion of the Grant and to make all records available for inspection and fully cooperate with any audit or investigation requested or undertaken by the CCG, the State Auditor, the Internal Auditor for Columbus, Georgia, or any other officials of the state or federal government who have the authority to conduct audits.
          12. The Grant Recipient shall comply at all times with the provisions of Article I, Section II, and Paragraph VII of the Georgia Constitution regarding the prohibition against Sectarian Aid.
          13. The Grant Recipient hereby releases Columbus, Georgia from any liability whatsoever and Grant Recipient hereby agrees to indemnify Columbus, Georgia against any and all claims for damages, bodily injury or death arising from any of the activities contemplated by this Agreement raised by any person. Grant Recipient shall provide to Columbus, Georgia a certificate of insurance that shows general liability coverage in the amount of at least $1,000,000 per occurrence and which shows that Columbus, Georgia is named as an additional insured.

          14. All services must be provided by properly certified or licensed personal.
          15. In the event there is any discrepancy in the language of the project description and these numbered paragraphs, the language in the numbered paragraphs shall control.

          Signature of City Manager, Isaiah Hugley Date

          Approved as to form by City Attorney Date

          Signature of Grant Recipient Representative, Sharon N. Hill Date