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File #: 2579-2021    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 10/2/2021 In control: Public Safety Committee
On agenda: 10/11/2021 Final action: 10/13/2021
Title: To authorize the City Treasurer to modify its contract with US Bank, NA for gift cards for the Department of Public Safety, Division of Police, for its gun buy-back project; to authorize the expenditure of up to $5,000.00 from fund 2219; and to declare an emergency. ($5,000.00)
Attachments: 1. 2579-2021 US Bank.pdf
Explanation

BACKGROUND:

In 2018, the City of Columbus instituted mandatory direct deposit for its employees. At the same time, in order to offer an alternative to employees who were unwilling or unable to provide banking information, the Columbus City Treasurer’s Office entered into contract for two years with US Bank for payroll cards at no cost to the City. In 2020, the City Treasurer’s Office entered into a second contract with US Bank for payroll cards for its employees, again, at no cost to the City.

With passage of ordinance number 1821-2021 on July 12, 2021, Columbus City Council authorized the City Treasurer's Office to modify its contract with US Bank to provide gift cards for Columbus Public Health for it to offer gift cards as an incentive for those that receive a vaccine at a CPH COVID-19 vaccination site.

Due to the strength of community adoption, Columbus Public Health extended its incentive program for six additional weeks with additional resources provided by American Rescue Plan funding. Columbus Public Health requested and Mayor Andrew J. Ginther provided authorization in an Emergency Letter dated August 10, 2021. Columbus City Council authorized another modification of the City Treasurer’s Office contract with US Bank to provide additional gift cards for Columbus Public Health with passage of ordinance 2188-2021 on September 13, 2021.

The Department of Public Safety, Division of Police, has a project in collaboration with the Division of Fire for community event scheduled for October 23, 2021, and plans to compensate individuals who voluntarily surrender firearms with a gift card. Division of Police Chief Bryant has authorized the usage of the Contraband Seizure Funds for this project.

The Treasurer’s Office now wishes to modify its contract with US Bank in order to facilitate the use of gift cards for this purpose.

Emergency action is requested so that the gift cards may be obtained in time for the community event scheduled for Satu...

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