Background: Funds have been allocated to the State of Georgia for the maintenance of equipment received as part of a 2008 Hazardous Materials Response Grant. This equipment was received to improve Hazardous Materials Response to the citizens of Columbus and surrounding counties in the event of a terrorist event, industrial accident, or any other chemical, biological or radiation accident. The Hazardous Materials Response Team will be able to respond to incidents across the state under mutual aid, but the local jurisdictions own the vehicle and equipment.
Analysis: The state is providing funds for maintenance of equipment already received from the state.
Financial Considerations: The grant is for equipment maintenance amounting to $26,000, with no matching funds required.
Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: There will be no fiscal impact as the grant is fully funded and expenditures will be reimbursed by the state.
Legal Considerations: The Columbus Consolidated Government is eligible to receive these funds.
Recommendation/Action: Authorize the City Manager to accept a grant of $26,000 from the 2012 Homeland Security Grant Program.
WHEREAS, the Columbus Fire and Emergency Medical Services has an established Hazardous Materials Response Team utilizing equipment obtained through other federal grants; and,
WHEREAS, the maintenance of equipment requested in the grant proposal will greatly enhance the current emergency response program; and,
WHEREAS, the funds have been allocated through the 2012 Homeland Security Grant Program; and,
WHEREAS, the equipment will be utilized to respond to Hazardous Materials emergencies to Columbus and the surrounding counties; and,
WHEREAS, this grant proposal requires no matching funds.
NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA HEREBY RESOLVES:
1) That the City Manager is hereby authorized to accept a Homeland Security Grant of $26,000.00 from the 2012 Homeland Security Grant Program; and,
Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor