Agenda Item # 5
Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting

November 8, 2016

Agenda Report # 57


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: 2017 Brownfield Assessment Grant

INITIATED BY: Community Reinvestment Department



Recommendation: Approval is requested to apply, accept, and amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by the amount awarded up to $300,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The grant funding will be utilized to conduct a Brownfield Assessment of the 2nd Avenue Corridor area per the attached map.

Background: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the FY 2017 Request for Brownfield Assessment and Cleanup Grant Proposals. Community Reinvestment is working with Terracon to develop a grant application to be submitted to EPA by December 20, 2016. If awarded the Brownfield Assessment Grant could provide up to $300,000 to conduct environmental studies on properties located within Columbus, Georgia. The assessment will provide the City with information on the number of potentially environmentally contaminated properties that exist within the boundaries along 2nd Avenue. This will be our first step in developing a plan for remediation in order for the properties to be redeveloped for future uses.

Analysis: If awarded the City could receive up to $300,000 to conduct an assessment of the properties along the 2nd Avenue corridor to determine how many may be environmentally impacted. The report will be a useful tool for redevelopment purposes and can be used to potentially bring more grant funding to Columbus to clean-up some of the identified environmentally contaminated properties.

Financial Considerations: There will be no financial impact. There are no match requirements for this grant.

Legal Considerations: The City Attorney will review all grant agreements prior to obtaining the City Manager’s signature.

Recommendations/ Actions: Approve the attached Resolution authorizing the City Manager to apply, accept, and amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by the amount awarded up to $300,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The grant funding will be utilized to conduct a Brownfield Assessment of properties within Columbus, Georgia.

Brownfield Assessment Grant Map.pdfBrownfield Assessment Grant Map.pdf

A RESOLUTION
NO. ______
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO APPLY, ACCEPT, AND AMEND THE MULTI-GOVERNMENTAL FUND BY THE AMOUNT AWARDED UP TO $300,000 FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY TO FUND A BROWNFIELD ASSESSMENT OF PROPERTIES WITHIN THE CITY OF COLUMBUS.

WHEREAS, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the FY 2017 Request for Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup Grant Proposals; and,

WHEREAS, if awarded the Brownfield Assessment Grant could provide up to $300,000 to conduct environmental studies on properties located within Columbus, Georgia; and,

WHEREAS, the grant application must be submitted to EPA by December 20, 2016; and,

WHEREAS, the grant funds will assist the City in developing a plan for the remediation of environmentally contaminated properties so these properties can be redeveloped for future uses.

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

The City Manager is authorized to apply, accept, and amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by the amount awarded up to $300,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct a Brownfield Assessment of properties located within Columbus, Georgia.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _____________, 2016 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ___________ members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting __________.
Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Davis voting __________.
Councilor Garrett 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