Agenda Item # 5


Columbus Consolidated Government

Council Meeting

June 23, 2015

Agenda Report # 128


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Veterans Court Grant

INITIATED BY: Superior Court

Recommendation: Approval is requested for the City Manager to apply for and accept a Criminal Justice Coordinating Council grant award of $83,189, or as otherwise awarded, for the purpose of funding the Muscogee County Veterans Treatment Court, and to amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by the amount of the award. The grant amount is $74,870 with a required local match of $8,319.

Background: An application for funding for the Muscogee County Veterans Treatment Court is submitted annually for funding of the program through the State of Georgia Accountability Court Funding Committee. The funding and operations of the program are monitored and directed by Georgia Accountability Court Funding Committee’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. The Muscogee County Veterans Treatment Court is one of eight (8) Accountability Courts specifically serving veterans, who are involved in the legal system in Georgia. The grant is to provide operational funding for the program for the next fiscal year starting July 1, 2015.

Analysis: This grant is a one year grant starting July 1, 2015 and ending in June 30, 2016. The funding will allow the existing program to continue to provide services and to increase in the number of participants it will serve. Funding will also provide needed emergency treatment and other supports, which will increase the participant’s ability to remain free of the legal system.

Financial Consideration: This grant amount is $74,870 with the City of Columbus required to provide a match funding in the amount of $8,319, or as otherwise awarded.

Legal Requirements: The City is eligible to apply for this grant. If awarded and accepted, the city will be bound to comply with the contractual requirements for performance of this grant.

Recommendation: Authorize a resolution to approve the receipt of the awarded Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s Grant for the Muscogee County Veterans Treatment Court in the amount of $74,870 with a required match of $8,319 resulting in $83,189 being actually received by the program, or as otherwise awarded, and amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by the amount of the award. This funding will be used to for the operational expenses of the Muscogee County Veterans Treatment Court program

A RESOLUTION

NO. _____


A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION AND IF AWARDED, ACCEPT A GRANT FROM THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE COORDINATING COUNCIL IN THE AMOUNT OF $74,870 WITH A LOCAL MATCH REQUIREMENT OF $8,319, OR AS OTHERWISE AWARDED, TO FUND THE MUSCOGEE COUNTY VETERANS COURT FOR THE PERIOD OF JULY 1, 2015 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2016, AND AMEND THE MULTI-GOVERNMENTAL FUND BY THE AMOUNT AWARDED.

WHEREAS, funds have been made available in recent years from the State of Georgia to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council to fund Accountability Courts throughout the State; and,

WHEREAS, the operation of the Muscogee County Veterans Treatment Court since its inception has been funded primarily by the funds provided by the CJCC Accountability Court funding; and,

WHEREAS, funds have been made from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council to the Muscogee County Veterans Treatment Court for a 12 month period from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.

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

That the City Manager is hereby authorized to apply for and accept, if awarded, an Accountability Court grant award from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council to provide funding for the Muscogee County Veterans Treatment Court in the amount of $74,870 with a local match requirement of $8,319, or as otherwise awarded, and to amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by the amount of the award.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of ____________ 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 Thomas voting _______________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting _______________.
Councilor Woodson voting _______________.




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