Agenda Item # 2

Columbus Consolidated Government

Council Meeting

02/25/2014

Agenda Report # 74


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Memorandum of Understanding between the Columbus - Phenix City Transportation Study
and Columbus Consolidated Government

INITIATED BY: Planning Department


Recommendation: Approval is requested to execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Columbus-Phenix City Transportation Study (C-PCTS). The C-PCTS serves as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the urbanized area.

Background: The Metropolitan Planning Organization is designated by the Governors of Georgia and Alabama and is housed within the Columbus Department of Planning. The MPO has the primary responsibility for carrying out the urban transportation planning process and developing the planning work program, transportation plan, and transportation improvement program. The MPO is responsible for the following cities/counties: Columbus/Muscogee County & Chattahoochee County in Georgia, along with parts of Lee and Russell Counties in Alabama and the City of Phenix City.

Following each decennial census, federal regulations require Metropolitan Planning Organizations to examine any revised Census-designated urban areas and update its generalized transportation Urban Area Boundary (UAB) as well as examine whether any changes are warranted to the MPO planning area. A MOU was generated between the C-PCTS and the cities/counties that are represented by the MPO. The MOU outlines the responsibilities of the MPO and the cities and counties. In 2009, the C-PCTS incorporated Chattahoochee County into the MPO and the MOU was updated to reflect that change. The 2010 Census data shows a portion of Harris County, Georgia as being in the new Urbanized Area Boundary, therefore the MOU needs to be revised to include Harris County into the MPO.

Analysis: The current Memorandum of Understanding is being updated to include a portion of Harris County, Georgia into the Metropolitan Planning Organization based on the 2010 Census Data.

Financial Considerations: The C-PCTS is funded with 80% of Federal Funds and 20% of Local Funds. The City is responsible for maintaining, preparing, and funding an annual budget for the MPO’s operations. The C-PCTS receives additional funding from the Alabama Department of Transportation and the City of Phenix City, Alabama.

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: This is an updated MOU between the Columbus-Phenix City Transportation Study and the Columbus Consolidated Government which outlines the responsibilities of the C-PCTS and the City.

Legal Considerations: The Columbus-Phenix City Transportation Study is in compliance with all applicable planning requirements and certifications necessary in order to receive the federal funds.

Recommendations/ Actions: Approve the resolution authorizing the Mayor of Columbus to execute the Memorandum of Understanding.




A RESOLUTION

NO. _____


A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA TO EXECUTE A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH THE COLUMBUS-PHENIX CITY TRANSPORTATION STUDY (C-PCTS) AND THE COLUMBUS CONSOLIDATED GOVERNMENT TO CARRY OUT TRANSPORTATION PLANNING ACTIVITIES FOR THE URBAN AREA.

WHEREAS, the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is designated by the Governors of Georgia and Alabama and is housed within the Columbus Department of Planning. The MPO has the primary responsibility for carrying out the urban transportation planning process and of developing the planning work program, transportation plan, and transportation improvement program. The MPO is responsible for the following cities/counties: Columbus/Muscogee County & Chattahoochee County in Georgia, along with parts of Lee and Russell Counties in Alabama and the City of Phenix City; and,

WHEREAS, following each decennial census, federal regulations require Metropolitan Planning Organizations to examine any revised Census-designated urban areas and update its generalized transportation Urban Area Boundary (UAB) as well as examine whether any changes are warranted to the MPO planning area; and,

WHEREAS, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was generated between the C-PCTS) and the cities/counties that are represented by the MPO. The MOU outlines the responsibilities of the MPO and the cities and counties. In 2009, the C-PCTS incorporated Chattahoochee County into the MPO and the MOU was updated to reflect that change. The 2010 Census data shows a portion of Harris County, Georgia as being in the new Urbanized Area Boundary, therefore the MOU needs to be revised to include Harris County as part of the MPO.

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

That the Mayor or City Manager is hereby authorized to execute the Memorandum of Understanding between Columbus, Georgia and the Columbus-Phenix City Transportation Study.


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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _________ 2014, 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 Henderson voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor McDaniel 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