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File #: 0066-2020    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 1/3/2020 In control: Public Service & Transportation Committee
On agenda: 1/27/2020 Final action: 1/30/2020
Title: To authorize the Director of Public Service to pay the City's annual membership dues and fees to the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) for the Department of Public Service, Division of Design & Construction; to authorize the expenditure of $525,808.75 from the Street Construction, Maintenance, and Repair Fund (Fund 2265); and to declare an emergency. ($525,808.75)
Attachments: 1. ORD 0066-2020 - Financials

Explanation

 

1.  BACKGROUND

The City of Columbus is committed to paying the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) an annual fee for vital services in the area of intergovernmental relations, transportation planning and programming, grantsmanship, legislative review, and information exchange.  This ordinance authorizes the expenditure of $525,808.75 for the annual membership fee (dues) for the City in 2020.  MORPC established the fee based on population per an earlier agreement with the city and it is not negotiable.  The rate for 2020 is $0.5750 per capita, based on an estimated population of 914,450 as of January 1, 2020.

 

2.  FISCAL IMPACT

Funds in the amount of $525,808.75 are budgeted and available for this expenditure in the Street Construction, Maintenance, and Repair Fund.  MORPC dues for 2018 and 2019 were $489,431.75 and $515,010.81, respectively.  This ordinance is contingent on the passage of the 2020 operating budget.

 

3.  EMERGENCY DESIGNATION

Emergency action is requested for this legislation because the first quarterly installment of the membership fee is due in January. 

 

Title

 

To authorize the Director of Public Service to pay the City's annual membership dues and fees to the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) for the Department of Public Service, Division of Design & Construction; to authorize the expenditure of $525,808.75 from the Street Construction, Maintenance, and Repair Fund (Fund 2265); and to declare an emergency.  ($525,808.75)

 

Body

 

WHEREAS, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) provides the City of Columbus and other member communities with vital services in the area of intergovernmental relations, transportation planning and programming, grantsmanship, legislative review, and information exchange; and

 

WHEREAS, the City of Columbus is a government member of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC); and

 

WHEREAS, the City's membership fee for MORPC in 2020 is $525,808.75; and

 

WHEREAS, the first quarter payment is due in January; and

 

WHEREAS, an emergency exists in the usual daily operation of the Department of Public Service, Division of Design & Construction, in that it is immediately necessary to authorize the payment of the MORPC dues because the first quarterly installment is due this month, thereby preserving the public health, peace, property, safety, and welfare; now, therefore

 

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUMBUS:

 

SECTION 1.  That the Director of Public Service be and hereby is authorized to pay dues for the City's annual membership and defense working group fee to the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, 111 Liberty Street, Suite 100, Columbus, Ohio 43215 in the amount of $525,808.75 or so much thereof as may be needed from the Street Construction, Maintenance, and Repair Fund (Fund 2265) per the accounting codes attached to this ordinance.

 

SECTION 2.  That the funds necessary to carry out the purpose of this ordinance are hereby deemed appropriated, and the City Auditor shall establish such accounting codes as necessary.

 

SECTION 3.  That the City Auditor is authorized to make any accounting changes to revise the funding source for all contracts or contract modifications associated with this ordinance.

 

SECTION 4.  That the City Auditor is hereby authorized to transfer the unencumbered balance in a project account to the unallocated balance account within the same fund upon receipt of certification by the Director of the Department administering said project that the project has been completed and the monies are no longer required for said project.

 

SECTION 5.  That for the reasons stated in the preamble hereto, which is hereby made a part hereof, this ordinance is hereby declared to be an emergency measure and shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage and approval by the Mayor or ten days after passage if the Mayor neither approves nor vetoes the same.