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A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF A ONE-YEAR CONTRACT WITH OFFICE OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION FOR $20,000.00 FOR THE PURPOSE OF FUNDING THE INITIATIVES OF LEGITIMATION STATION.
WHEREAS, Office of Dispute Resolution has the Legitimation Station Program to impact the lives of fathers to reconnect them to their children and,
WHEREAS, the Columbus Office of Crime Prevention has authorized funding under the Crime Prevention Program for this project in the amount of $20,000.00 to the Office of Dispute Resolution.
NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:
The Mayor is hereby authorized to enter into a one-year contract through the Columbus Office of Crime Prevention with the Office of Dispute Resolution for $20,000.00 for funding the Legitimation Station Program. Funds are budgeted in the FY16 budget: Other Local Option Sales Tax, Crime Prevention Program.
Name of Organization: Office of Dispute Resolution
Address: 308 Tenth Street, Columbus, Georgia 31901
CEO/Executive Director: Chief Judge Bemon G. McBride III, Chairman
Contact Person/ Title: Larry E. Love, Circuit Court Administrator
Telephone and email: 706-653-4464 Email Address: email@example.com
Has the applicant organization ever received a grant from COCP? _____Yes ___X__No
The current Legitimation Station Project will be a one-year project. Based on its success, subsequent COCP grant requests will be submitted each year.
Where, specifically, will it occur?
Legitimation Station will operate in the Law Library located on the 8th Floor of the Government Center at 100 Tenth Street, Columbus, Georgia 31901 or at the Office of Dispute Resolution at 308 Tenth Street, Columbus, Georgia 31901.
Approximately how many people will benefit from the project?
With the addition of a paid, part-time coordinator, we estimate approximately 200 fathers per year plus their children and other dependents will benefit directly from this project. The community at large will benefit indirectly from the positive ripple effects of children involved in more stable and supportive family units by way of legitimation.
How did you arrive at the above numbers?
The estimated number of fathers served annually is based on traffic figures compiled over the five years Legitimation Station has been in existence plus an expected increase due to adding a paid, part-time coordinator.
When will funds be needed?
Funds are needed as soon as possible to enable the hiring of a part-time coordinator to oversee the project and for additional operating expenses.
Total project revenue and support (from line 3, pg. 6) $9,000
Total project expenses (from line 12, pg. 7) $34,000
C. Project Budget
Project Revenue and Support
2. Support (indicate with * if already committed)______________________________
Corporate support: $0
Foundation support: *$9,000- One-time grant by Columbus Bar Association
Other private support: $0
Other County agency: $0
Organizations cash applied to project: $9,000
3. TOTAL PROJECT REVENUE AND SUPPORT: $9,000
Legitimation Station plans to hire a part-time coordinator who will also be a licensed Georgia Attorney familiar with family law. The projected annual salary for this position is $18,000. Additional fringe benefits are projected at $1,377 per year.
5. Consultants and professional fees: $0
Subtotal, Consultants and professional fees: $0
6. Supplies and equipment: $6,000.00
Subtotal, Travel: $2,600
8. Printing and copying: $3,400
Subtotal, Printing and copying: $3,400
9. Marketing and publicity: $0
10. Mailing/postage: $823
11. Telephone/fax: $1,800
Subtotal, Other: $1,800
12. TOTAL PROJECT EXPENSE: $34,000
D. PROJECT SUMMARY/NARRATIVE
Meeting regularly between the Fall of 2009 and the Spring of 2010, the group identified additional stakeholders, developed brochures, drafted and revised pro se pleadings (largely thanks to the efforts of Georgia Legal Services’ Managing Attorney, Sally Haskins), worked out disclosure and liability issues, established a website, and recruited and trained pro bono attorney volunteers. By the Spring of 2010, the legitimation project website (www.chattahoocheefamilylawcenter.org) was up and running. Also, the Columbus Law Library was hosting Legitimation Station attorney volunteers on the first and third Friday of each month. The attorney volunteers assisted fathers in completing pro se forms and better understanding the legal process involved.
Between 2010 and 2012, Judge Marc D’Antonio volunteered as the Legitimation Station’s project coordinator. Between 2012 and 2014, Lauren Mescon took over responsibility as the project coordinator. The Legitimation Station’s project coordinators recruited and supervised volunteer attorneys and paralegals and ensured the project’s overall success. Since its inception, the Legitimation Station has expanded to three weeks per month, has recruited over 40 attorney and paralegal volunteers, and has served over 500 fathers seeking to legitimate their children.
The project will be administered by the Office of Dispute Resolution. The Circuit Court Administrator, Larry Love oversees the Office of Dispute Resolution. Mr. Love has over 35 years experience in managing grants at the National, State and Local level. He has managed grants from the State Crime Commission (4 years), the Columbus Consolidated Government (26 years), the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit (7 years). He managed the grants to implement the Adult Felony Drug Court, Mental Health Court and Veterans Courts in Muscogee County. He also managed Office of Crime Prevention Grants funded for the Accountability Courts..