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File #: 2028-2020    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 9/2/2020 In control: Recreation & Parks Committee
On agenda: 9/21/2020 Final action: 9/24/2020
Title: To authorize the Director of Recreation and Parks to enter into contract with the Community for New Direction for services related to the implementation of the 2020 Neighborhood Violence Intervention Program; to authorize the expenditure of $164,500.00 from the Recreation and Parks Operating Fund 2285; to waive the competitive bidding provisions of the Columbus City Code; and to declare an emergency. ($164,500.00)
Attachments: 1. CND Bid Waiver, 2. Legislation Template cnd Sept20-Feb21

Explanation

 

Background:  This ordinance will authorize the Director of Recreation and Parks to enter into contract with Community for New Direction (CND) for the amount of $164,500.00 in order to provide violence intervention and crisis response activities that include responding to specific violent confrontations, working to mediate and diffuse conflict tensions, and actively promoting peace building among our youth. Contractor shall maintain a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week schedule to respond to calls regarding youth violence confrontations such as shootings, aggravated assaults, homicides, and other violent incidents.

 

The Contractor shall respond to violent incidents or conflict outside of the designated APPS zone(s) if the incident is believed to have potential to adversely impact activities within any other APPS zone(s).  The Contractor shall also provide support services to victims' families and friends. Support services will be provided after making initial contact with victim's families and friends at the scene of an incident, hospital or at a time and location chosen by the victim's family and friends. Support services can also include Contractor attending funerals, vigils, peace marches, etc. Additionally, Community Intervention Workers shall participate in APPS activities and initiatives focusing on reducing youth violence citywide and improving community collaborations to support the APPS initiative.  Community for New Direction will hold a surety bond in the amount of $100,000 and Certificate of Insurance as required by the City. 

 

Principal Parties:

Community for New Direction 

2323 W. 5th Avenue Suite 160

Columbus, Ohio 43204

(614) 272.1464

Contractor Federal ID #:  31-1430278

 

Emergency Justification: Emergency action is requested in order for the Neighborhood Violence Intervention Program to continue without interruption.

 

Bid Waiver Justification: A bid waiver is being requested in order to keep the consistency with the program participants and the vendor (interventionists).  They have been working with the APPS program for over 7 years; they know the program participants, the youth and young adults in the community and have established relationships with them.  It is important to keep the continuity of these relationships and trust.  A new vendor would have to come in and start from the very beginning to obtain this knowledge, understanding, and trust.

 

Fiscal Impact: The amount $164,500.00 is budgeted for this project from the Recreation and Parks Operating Fund 2285.

 

Title

 

To authorize the Director of Recreation and Parks to enter into contract with the Community for New Direction for services related to the implementation of the 2020 Neighborhood Violence Intervention Program; to authorize the expenditure of $164,500.00 from the Recreation and Parks Operating Fund 2285; to waive the competitive bidding provisions of the Columbus City Code; and to declare an emergency. ($164,500.00)

 

Body

 

WHEREAS, it is necessary to authorize the Director of Recreation and Parks to enter into contract with Community for New Direction for services related to the Applications for Purpose, Pride, and Success (APPS) Neighborhood Violence Intervention Program; and

 

WHEREAS, it is in the best interest of the Recreation and Parks Department to waive the competitive bidding requirements of the Columbus City Codes because this vendor has intrinsic knowledge and understanding of the APPS program and its evolution providing continuity of service; and

 

WHEREAS, it is necessary to authorize the expenditure of $164,500.00 from the Recreation and Parks Operating Fund 2285; and

 

WHEREAS, an emergency exists in the usual daily operation of the Recreation and Parks Department in that it is immediately necessary to contract with Community for New Direction so that the Neighborhood Violence Intervention Program can continue without interruption, 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 Recreation and Parks is authorized to enter into contract with Community for New Direction for services related to the Applications for Purpose, Pride, and Success (APPS) Neighborhood Violence Intervention Program.

 

SECTION 2.  That this Council finds it in the best interests of the City to waive the competitive bidding provisions of City Code Chapter 329 to enter into this contract.

 

SECTION 3.  That for the purposes stated in Section 1, the expenditure of $164,500.00 or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby authorized to be appropriated and expended from the Recreation and Parks Department Operating Fund 2285 in object class 03 Contractual Services per the accounting codes in the attachment to this ordinance.

 

SECTION 4.  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 legislation. 

 

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.