Agenda Report # 135
WHEREAS, Hurricane Irma hit the Southeast in early September, 2017; and,
WHEREAS, a Presidential disaster declaration, 4338DR, was issued on September 07, 2017, making the area eligible for public assistance; and,
WHEREAS, as a result of the hurricane, over 600 evacuees from Florida and southern Georgia were sheltered in Columbus; and,
WHEREAS, high winds and heavy rains caused storm damage and the need for emergency services and debris removal; and,
WHEREAS, the City, and other local agencies incurred expenses in the amount of at least $421,121 responding to this disaster; and desires to apply for a grant and if awarded accept FEMA funds in that amount to reimburse its expenses;
WHEREAS, the City, if awarded such grant, will from funds received reimburse Columbus Public Health the approximate amount of $44,559 on a pass through basis for expenses it incurred providing emergency services and care of sheltered individuals., The City will enter into an MOU with Columbus Public Health to govern the receipt and disbursement of funds due to them;
NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY
RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:
1. The City Manager or his designee is hereby authorized to apply to FEMA for grant funds in the amount of $421,121 to reimburse allowable costs associated with emergency response, damages, debris removal and sheltering associated with the Hurricane Irma disaster and if approved receive the funds and amend appropriate fund budgets as needed for the receipt and disbursement of funds.
2. If the grant is awarded, the City Manager or his designee is also authorized to enter into an MOU with Columbus Public Health for the disbursement and receipt of grant proceeds in the amount of $44,559 expended by them on allowable disaster relief services.
Councilor Allen voting __________.
Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Davis voting __________.
Councilor Garrett voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.
Tiny Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor