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File #: 2457-2021    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 9/21/2021 In control: Public Service & Transportation Committee
On agenda: 10/11/2021 Final action: 10/13/2021
Title: To authorize the Director of Public Service to apply for an Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration Program Grant as a subreceipient through the Ohio Department of Transportation from the United States Department of Transportation; to authorize the execution of grant and other requisite agreements with the United States Department of Transportation and other entities providing for the acceptance and administration of said grant award on behalf of the City of Columbus, Department of Public Service; to authorize the expenditure of any awarded funds and the refund of any unused funds; and to declare an emergency. ($0.00)
Explanation
1. BACKGROUND
The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) has issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for approximately $10 million in discretionary grant funding through the Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration Program. This is the eighth round of funding for the AID Demonstration grant program. The NOFO was released on July 1, 2021 and will remains open through September 28, 2021.

The AID Demonstration Program provides incentive funding for activities eligible for assistance in any phase of a highway transportation project between project planning and project delivery including: planning, financing, operation, structures, materials, pavements, environment, and construction that address the Technology and Innovation Deployment Program (TIDP) goals. The funding available for this year’s grants totals approximately $10 million.

The City meets the criteria to be eligible to submit an AID Demonstration Program grant application as a subrecipient through the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). City staff has spoken with ODOT, and it is willing to submit an application requesting approximately $1 million for the Dynamic Curb Lane Management System that is being developed by the Department of Public Service’s Parking Services Division.

This legislation will authorize the Director of Public Service to formally apply for an AID Demonstration program grant as a subrecipient. It also authorizes the execution of agreements with USDOT, ODOT, or others in connection with the application for the grant, the award of the grant, the expenditure of grant funds, and the return of unused grant funds if any should remain at the end of the grant.

2. FISCAL IMPACT
TIDP grants may be used for up to eighty percent (80%) of future eligible project costs. No financial participation is required at this time. City funds will be approved in the form of design contracts and/or construction contracts that will be or have been submi...

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