Agenda Item # 3

Columbus Consolidated Government

Council Meeting

08/12/2014

Agenda Report # 13


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Landscaping Improvements At I-185 and Victory Drive

INITIATED BY: Planning Department


Recommendation: Approval is requested to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) for general maintenance improvements to the interchange at I-185 and Victory Drive.

Background: In 2011, the City, GDOT and Gateways Columbus completed the revamping of the I-185 and Victory Drive interchange. This beautification effort has become a major focal point for locals and visitors as they travel to and from Fort Benning.
Analysis: As with projects of this type, general maintenance is required on an annual basis to replace trees, missing and dead plants, and to provide additional irrigation where needed. This grant will allow the city and Gateways Columbus to maintain and upgrade necessary landscaping items at this interchange.

Financial Considerations: GDOT will provide $205,000 as a one time grant for these general maintenance items. No match is required from the city to receive these funds.

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: The City will be responsible for future maintenance of this interchange.

Legal Considerations: The City Attorney has reviewed and approved the MOA as to form.

Recommendations/ Actions: Approve the resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) for general maintenance improvements to the interchange at I-185 and Victory Drive.



Exhibit A Maintenance Work Plan-Landscape Maintenance Agreement.docxColumbus MOA 7-15-14.doc


A RESOLUTION

NO. _____


A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO ENTER INTO A MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT WITH THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOR A LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE GRANT FOR THE I-185 AND VICTORY DRIVE INTERCHANGE.

WHEREAS, the I-185 and Victory Drive interchange was redesigned and landscaped to honor and remember those who have served in the military and is today a key entry way into both Fort Benning and Columbus; and,

WHEREAS, this beautification project requires general landscape improvements to maintain its overall appearance as a major focal point in Columbus; and,

WHEREAS, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) desires to assist with the funding of these general landscaping improvements through grant funds available for such projects;

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

That the City Manager is hereby authorized to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation to received $205,000 in general landscaping funds for the I-185/Victory Drive interchange. No match will be required of the city to receive these funds.


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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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Sandra T. Davis, Deputy Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor