Agenda Item # 2

Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting

06/06/2017
Agenda Report # 137


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Veterans Court Grant

INITIATED BY: Superior Court


Recommendation: Approval is requested to accept a Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s Grant award of $53,545 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 awarded. The grant is $53,545 with a required match of $5,949. The total grant amount is $59,494.

Background: This application is for the program’s yearly operating budget. The Muscogee County Veterans Treatment Court is one of eight (11) Accountability Courts specifically serving veterans, who are involved in the legal system in Georgia. The grant is to provide funding to continue the existing programs.

Analysis: This grant is a yearly award starting July 1, 2017 and ending June 31, 2018. The funding will allow the existing program to continue its services. One of the program’s goals is to increase the number of participants being served. Funding will also provide needed emergency treatment and other supports, which will increase the participant’s ability to remain free of the legal system. The Veterans Treatment Court received high ratings from the state audit and review the past year.

Financial Considerations: The grant amount is $53,545 with the City of Columbus being required to provide a Match $5,949. Total of the Grant is $59,494.

Legal Considerations: The requirements of the Grant is to provide the services outlined by the grant and to remain within the guidelines of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.

Recommended /Actions: Approval is requested to accept a Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s Grant award of $53,545 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 awarded. The grant is $53,545 with a required match of $5,949. The total grant amount is $59,494.


A RESOLUTION
NO._____

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO APPROVE FOR ACCEPTANCE A GRANT FROM THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE COORDINATING COUNCIL TO FUND THE MUSCOGEE COUNTY VETERANS TREATMENT COURT WITH A GRANT AWARD OF $53,545 OR AS IT OTHERWISE AWARDED TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR ITS OPERATION FORM JULY 1, 2017 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2018. THIS FUNDING WILL HAVE A STATE REQUIRED MATCH FUND OF $5,949 FROM THE CITY OF COLUMBUS AND TO AMEND THE MULTI-GOVERNMENTAL FUND BY THE AMOUNT AWARDED.


WHEREAS, funds have been made from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council to the Muscogee County Mental Veterans Treatment Court for a 12 month period from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018; and,

WHEREAS, funds have been made available from the State to the CJCC to fund Accountability Courts in the State of Georgia and the CJCC received applications from Veterans Treatment Courts throughout the State of Georgia; and,

WHEREAS, funds are being made available from the Federal Government to the CJCC to fund Veterans Treatment Courts in the State of Georgia and the CJCC has approved application from Veterans Treatment Courts throughout the State of Georgia.

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

That the City Manager is hereby authorized to approve the receipt of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s Grant to provide funding for the Muscogee County Veterans Treatment Court in the amount of $53,545 with a required match from the City of Columbus of $5,9493. Total Grant is $59,494.

Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus. Georgia, held the _____ day of ________________ 2017, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of _______________ members of Council.



Councilor Allen voting __________.
Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Davis voting __________.
Councilor Garrett voting __________.
Councilor Henderson voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.



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