WHEREAS, the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance has announced potential formula grant awards for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program FY 2017 Local Solicitation. This grant supports a broad range of activities for the prevention and control of crime and to improve the criminal justice system. These funds can be used for local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice, as well as research and evaluation activities that will improve or enhance: law enforcement programs; drug treatment and enforcement programs; planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs; and crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation); and,
WHEREAS, the Columbus Consolidated Government is eligible to receive $95,107 in funding with no local match requirement; the City Manager solicited funding requests from all interested departments eligible to receive funding from the grant, and will meet with heads or representatives of these departments to determine the best usage and allocation of these funds, with the finalized allocation to be announced; and,
WHEREAS, the grant requires that the governing body be notified of the application at least 30 days prior to the award of the grant funds, and an opportunity for public review and comment be given; and,
NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:
That the Mayor or her designee is hereby authorized to submit an application and if awarded, accept a FY17 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant in the amount of $95,107, or as otherwise awarded, with no local match requirement, and that the funds will be used by eligible departments as determined, and to amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by the amount of the award.