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File #: 0507-2020    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 2/19/2020 In control: Public Safety Committee
On agenda: 3/16/2020 Final action: 3/19/2020
Title: To authorize the Director of Public Safety to enter into an agreement with the Ohio Traffic Safety Office, State of Ohio, to participate in the FFY 2020 Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Training Coordinator Grant; to authorize an appropriation of $38,509.51 from the unappropriated balance of the General Government Grant Fund to the Division of Police to cover the costs associated with this grant; to authorize a transfer of $922.75 from the General Fund to cover Worker’s Compensation costs associated with this project; and to declare an emergency. ($38,509.51)
Attachments: 1. 2020 Grant Award fully-executed agreement 12102019, 2. 2020 Grant Award Letter, 3. 0507-2020 Funding String FFY2020 DRE Training G332001

Explanation                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

BACKGROUND:  This legislation authorizes an agreement with the Ohio Traffic Safety Office (OTSO), State of Ohio, for the FFY 2020 Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Training Coordinators Grant, and appropriates funds to cover the costs of the program.  A drug recognition expert or drug recognition evaluator (DRE) is a police officer trained to recognize impairment in drivers under the influence of drugs other than, or in addition to, alcohol.  In late 2019, the State of Ohio appointed a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Training Coordinator to create and deliver relevant impaired driving enforcement training classes, attend OTSO DRE meetings and the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference on Drugs, Alcohol, and Impaired Driving in support of DRE activities.  This 2020 grant is awarded to the City of Columbus Division of Police to cover overtime costs associated with the State of Ohio DRE Training Coordinator state-assigned duties.   

 

This grant agreement authorizes reimbursement for overtime costs to develop and teach four (4) SFST/ARIDE/ARIDE Refresher/COPS in Court classes, develop new training programs and teach two (2) DRE Certification or Recertification Classes, and attend advanced impaired driver training courses.  The funding for the agreement is dependent on federal funds from the US Department of Transportation for Federal Fiscal Year 2020, which follows the fiscal calendar year of October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020.  The grant award effective period is December 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020.

 

EMERGENCY DESIGNATION:  Emergency legislation is necessary to make funds available for the grant funded activity period that started December 1, 2019.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:  This ordinance authorizes the appropriation of $38,509.51 from the unappropriated balance of the General Government Grant Fund for the Division of Police to cover the costs associated with the FFY 2020 Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Training Coordinators Grant.  All funds expended, except for worker’s compensation costs, are reimbursable from the State of Ohio.  $922.75 in Worker’s Compensation costs will be covered by the General Fund.

 

Title

 

To authorize the Director of Public Safety to enter into an agreement with the Ohio Traffic Safety Office, State of Ohio, to participate in the FFY 2020 Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Training Coordinator Grant; to authorize an appropriation of $38,509.51 from the unappropriated balance of the General Government Grant Fund to the Division of Police to cover the costs associated with this grant; to authorize a transfer of $922.75 from the General Fund to cover Worker’s Compensation costs associated with this project; and to declare an emergency.  ($38,509.51)

 

Body

 

WHEREAS, the Division of Police’s state-appointed DRE Training Coordinator will work overtime hours to develop and teach four (4) SFST/ARIDE/ARIDE Refresher/COPS in Court classes, develop new DRE training programs and teach two (2) DRE Certification or Recertification Classes, and attend advanced impaired driver training courses; and,

 

WHEREAS, there is a need for the Director of Public Safety to enter into an agreement with the Ohio Traffic Safety Office (OTSO), State of Ohio, who will provide funds through the FFY 2020 Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Training Coordinator Grant to the City of Columbus, Division of Police; and,

 

WHEREAS, an appropriation is needed to cover the overtime and fringe benefit costs associated with the FFY 2020 Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Training Coordinator Grant project; and,

 

WHEREAS, the project period started December 1, 2019 and goes through September 30, 2020, and appropriation authority needs to be available as soon as possible to begin grant activities; and,

 

WHEREAS, an emergency exists in the usual daily operation of the Division of Police, Department of Public Safety, in that it is immediately necessary to authorize the Director of Public Safety to enter into an agreement with the Ohio Traffic Safety Office, State of Ohio, for the FFY 2020 Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Training Coordinator Grant and to appropriate $38,509.51 for the project costs, thereby preserving the public peace, property, health, safety, and welfare; now, therefore:

 

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

 

SECTION 1.  That the Director of Public Safety is hereby authorized to enter into agreement with the Ohio Traffic Safety Office, State of Ohio, and to accept an award in the amount of $37,586.76, which represents funding for the FFY 2020 Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Training Coordinator Grant.

 

SECTION 2.  That General Funds in the amount of $922.75 are hereby authorized for transfer into fund 2220 General Government Grants in Obj. Class 01 Personnel, per the account codes in the attachment to this ordinance in order to cover workers' compensation costs associated with the project.

 

SECTION 3.  That from the unappropriated monies in the General Government Grant Fund and from all monies estimated to come into said fund from any and all sources and unappropriated for any other purpose during the project period, the sum of $38,509.51 is appropriated in fund 2220 General Government Grants in Obj. Class 01 Personnel per the account codes in the attachment to this ordinance.

 

SECTION 4.  That the monies appropriated in the foregoing Section 2 and Section 3 shall be paid upon order of the Director of Public Safety, and that no order shall be drawn or money paid except by voucher, the form of which shall be approved by the City Auditor.

 

SECTION 5.  That, at the end of the grant period, any repayment of unencumbered balances required by the grantor is hereby authorized and any unused City match monies may be transferred back to the City fund from which it originated in accordance with all applicable grant agreements.

 

SECTION 6.  That the funds necessary to carry out the purpose of this ordinance are hereby deemed appropriated in the amount not to exceed the available cash balance in the fund.

 

SECTION 7.  That for reasons stated in the preamble hereto, which is hereby made a part thereof, 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.