Agenda Item # 2

Columbus Consolidated Government

Council Meeting

06/24/2014

Agenda Report # 147


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Veterans Court Accountability Court Grant for FY15

INITIATED BY: Superior Court


Recommendation: Approval is requested for the City Manager to submit a grant application and if approved, accept funds from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council in the amount of $60,312, or as otherwise awarded, with a projected 10% local match of $6,701 required, for the operation of the Muscogee County Veterans Court and amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by the amount of the grant award. The grant period is from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.

Background: During the legislative session, Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia General Assembly appropriated funds to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council to provide support for Accountability Courts throughout the State.

Analysis: The Muscogee County Veterans Court is requesting funds to provide residential treatment, transportation services, clinical assessment, program evaluation, drug testing, and surveillance for veterans in court system who have special needs related to veterans’ issues and would otherwise not receive these services.

Financial Considerations: The City is required to provide 10% matching funds, projected to be $6,701 for FY15, to participate in this grant program.

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: There will be no additional expenditures or requirements.

Legal Considerations: The Columbus Consolidated Government is eligible to apply for these funds from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.

Recommendations/ Actions: Authorize the City Manager to submit an application and if approved accept a grant from Accountability Court Funding Committee of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for operation of Muscogee County Veterans Court from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2016 and to amend Multi-Governmental Fund by amount of the grant award plus 10% cash match.

A RESOLUTION

NO. _____


A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO THE ACCOUNTABILITY COURT FUNDING COMMITTEE FOR A GRANT IN THE AMOUNT OF $60,312, OR AS OTHERWISE AWARDED, WITH A 10% CASH MATCH REQUIREMENT PROJECTED IN THE AMOUNT OF $6,701, TO FUND MUSCOGEE COUNTY VETERANS COURT FOR FY15, AND IF AWARDED, AMEND THE MULTI-GOVERNMENTAL FUND BY THE AMOUNT OF THE GRANT AWARD PLUS THE LOCAL MATCH.

WHEREAS, funds have been made available from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for the Muscogee County Veterans Court for Fiscal Year 2015; and,

WHEREAS, funds are being made available to provide support for operation of the Muscogee County Veterans Court, presided over by Judge Smith; and,

WHEREAS, Accountability Court Funding Committee administers the awards provided by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for Accountability Courts throughout the State of Georgia.

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

That the City Manager is hereby authorized to submit an application for a grant to the Accountability Court Funding Committee to provide funding for Muscogee County Veterans Court for FY2015, with a 10% local match requirement and to amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by amount of the grant award and local match.


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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