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File #: 3094-2018    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 11/1/2018 In control: Public Service & Transportation Committee
On agenda: 12/10/2018 Final action: 12/13/2018
Title: To authorize the appropriation of funds in the Smart City Grant Fund within the Department of Public Service, contingent upon the execution of the revised amendment obligated by Paul G. Allen Philanthropies, for various expenses related to the implementation of the Smart Columbus Electrification Plan. ($1,896,000.00)
Attachments: 1. Ord. 3094-2018 Accounting Stream
Explanation
1. BACKGROUND
This legislation authorizes the City Auditor to appropriate $1,896,000.00 within the Smart City Private Grant Fund, contingent upon the execution of the revised amendment obligated by Paul G. Allen Philanthropies for various expenses related to the implementation of the Smart Columbus Electrification Plan.

In 2016, the City of Columbus, acting through the Department of Public Service, pursued and won a $10 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Philanthropies (Vulcan Inc.) in connection with the Smart City Challenge sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The purpose of that award is to enable the City to lay a practical path to replacing carbon-based fuel consumption through critical system improvements that increase safety, reduce carbon emissions, and enhance mobility.

Ordinance 1863-2016 authorized the Director of Public Service to enter into agreements with and to accept grant monies and other resources from Vulcan Inc., which are to be distributed to the City over the course of four years.

Ordinance 1901-2017 authorized the transfer of signature authority from the Director of Public Service to the City’s Chief Innovation Officer or the Chief Innovation Officer's designee for all past, present, and future contracts entered into by the City of Columbus in connection with Smart Columbus, the Smart City Challenge, and the Paul G. Allen Philanthropies (Vulcan) projects, along with all future documents requiring signature for any of these projects.

This legislation authorizes the Department of Public Service to appropriate the fourth installment of Vulcan grant funding, contingent upon the execution of the revised amendment obligated by Paul G. Allen Philanthropies, which will support the implementation of the Smart Columbus Electrification Plan. Separate legislation will be submitted for Council's approval to expend the appropriated funds.

2. FISCAL IMPACT
Upon authorization of this legislation, $1,716,000.00 will ...

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