Agenda Item # 6

Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting

06/14/2016

Agenda Report # 137

TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Knight Cities Challenge Grant Acceptance

INITIATED BY: Planning Department


Recommendation: Accept Knight Cities Challenge Grant in the amount of $6,900 with no local match required, and amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by the amount of the award.

Background The Urban Glens project was one of several applications submitted to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation on behalf of the City of Columbus and its various departments. The project idea is to activate unused spaces in civic areas and parks by constructing areas specially designed for hammocks. These areas will allow the installation of hammocks without damage to trees. The project was selected as one of the winners and the Knight Foundation has approved the release of a grant to the City of Columbus in the amount of $6,900 to implement the project idea and document the process.

Analysis: As part of the grant application process, a budget was created that will cover the costs of materials and labor. No additional funding will be required.

Financial Considerations: The project will be fully funded by the grant amount and all required steps will be taken to meet grant funding requirements.

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: The grant will be released to the City of Columbus within 60 days of receiving approval from City Council and receipt of the signed grant contract.

Legal Considerations: Grant requirements and contract have been approved by City Attorney

Recommendations/ Actions: Accept Knight Cities Challenge Grant in the amount of $6,900 with no local match required, and amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by the amount of the award.


A RESOLUTION
NO. _____

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER OR THEIR DESIGNEE TO APPLY FOR AND ACCEPT, IF AWARDED, A GRANT FROM THE JOHN S. AND JAMES L. KNIGHT FOUNDATION IN THE AMOUNT OF $6,900.00, OR AS OTHERWISE AWARDED, WITH NO LOCAL MATCH REQUIRED, FOR THE PURPOSE OF IMPLEMENTING THE URBAN GLENS PROJECT, AND TO AMEND THE MULTI-GOVERNMENTAL FUND BY THE AMOUNT OF THE AWARD.

WHEREAS, the Knight Foundation Awards Communities for the implementation of their ideas and innovation in the area of civic engagement; and,

WHEREAS, Columbus, Georgia has been awarded a grant in the amount of $6,900 to implement the Urban Glens Winning Project Idea; and,

WHEREAS, no matching funds shall be required by the City of Columbus, Georgia; and,

WHEREAS, the grant shall be released to the City of Columbus within 60 days of approval from City Council and receipt of signed grant agreement; and,

WHEREAS, the project will be implemented by the Planning Department, Community Reinvestment, and Department of Parks and Recreation in accordance with all grant requirements; and,
WHEREAS, Urban Glens shall be public areas designed for hammock use.

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

That the City Manager is hereby authorized to receive a grant from the John S. And James L. Knight Foundation in the amount of $6,900.00, or as otherwise awarded, with no local match and to amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by the amount awarded.


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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 Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.

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