Agenda Item # 1
Columbus Consolidated Government

Council Meeting

May 12, 2015

Agenda Report # 110


TO: Mayor and Councilors

SUBJECT: Police Office - FY15 Public Safety Reserve Request

INITIATED BY: Police Office / Finance Department


Recommendation: Approve a resolution transferring $1,349,104 of the FY15 Public Safety Vacancy Reserve for the Police Department to the Police Department’s General Fund Budget to fill 17 of the 37 vacant positions an utilize the remaining balance for capital and equipment.

Background: The FY15 Budget for the General Fund which was approved on June 17, 2014, and included $1,889,900 as a Public Safety Vacancy Reserve. The Police Department has requested to fill 17 of the 37 vacant positions totaling $629,243 and per Ordinance #14-25. The Police Department has also requested to utilize the remaining funds totaling $719,861 for items detailed on the attached list. The council must approve utilization of the Public Safety Vacancy Reserve. The total reserve allocated to the Police Department was $1,349,104 for 37 positions.

Analysis: The FY15 Public Safety Vacancy Reserve was established to set aside the funding for vacant Public Safety positions in the Police Department, Fire Department, Muscogee County Prison, and the Sheriff’s Office and to transfer necessary funds with approval from Council.

Financial Considerations: The request is made to fill 17 of 37 vacant positions in the Police Department and utilize the balance of the funds for items detailed on the attached list.

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: No annual fiscal impact.

Legal Considerations: Council approval is required per Ordinance #14-25.

Recommendations/Actions: Approve a resolution transferring $1,349,104 of the FY15 Public Safety Vacancy Reserve for the Police Department to the Police Department’s General Fund Budget to fill 17 of the 37 vacant positions an utilize the remaining balance for capital and equipment.
FUNDING SOURCE - FY15 SALARY SAVINGS ($719,861.00)
ITEM
Unit Cost
Quantity
Total
Polygraph Replacement Machines
4,000.00
2
8,000.00
Video Recording System
5,000.00
1
5,000.00
Eye 3 Body Cameras
375.00
75
28,125.00
Download cradle & software for body cams
4,800.00
1
4,800.00
Digital Storage System - P&E (1 yr storage/100 cameras)
11,600.00
1
11,600.00
X26P Tasers
1,083.18
52
56,325.36
Tag Reader Systems
20,125.00
2
40,250.00
Rechargeable Stinger Flash Lights
89.00
192
17,088.00
Chevrolet Tahoe Pursuit SUV
28,000.00
5
$140,000
Technology Package for 1 Pursuit SUV & Paint
25,700.00
1
$25,700
Pickup 4X4 4 Dr. for P&E
27,000.00
1
27,000.00
Unmarked Units
18,377.00
5
91,885.00
Pursuit Vehicles
25,515.00
4
$102,060
Technology Package & Push Bar
24,500.00
4
$98,000
Investigative 3D FARO Crime Scene System
63,960.00
1
63,960.00
TOTAL
719,793.36

A RESOLUTION

NO. ______

WHEREAS, Columbus Council approved the FY15 Operating Budget on June 17, 2014; and,

WHEREAS, the FY15 Public Safety Vacancy Reserve was established at $1,889,900; and,

WHEREAS, the FY15 Public Safety Vacancy Reserve balance allocated to the Police Department is $1,349,104; and,

WHEREAS, in accordance with Ordinance #14-25, the Police Department appeared before Council on May 12, 2015 and requested funding for 17 of the 37 vacant positions and utilize the balance of the funds for capital and equipment; and,
NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA HEREBY RESOLVES:

That the Police Department is hereby appropriated up to $1,349,104 for the 17 of the 37 vacant positions and funding for the capital and equipment itemized. The appropriate amount will be transferred from the Public Safety Vacancy Reserve to the Police Department.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _____________ 2015, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of
_____________ members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting __________.
Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Buck voting __________.
Councilor Davis 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