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File #: 1623-2022    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 6/1/2022 In control: Health & Human Services Committee
On agenda: 6/13/2022 Final action: 6/16/2022
Title: To authorize and direct the Board of Health to accept a grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency in the amount of $150,000.00 for the 2022 WPCLF program; to authorize the appropriation of $150,000.00 and any additional funds from the unappropriated balance of the Health Department Grants Fund; to authorize the City Auditor to transfer appropriations between object classes for the 2022 WPCLF program; and to declare an emergency. ($150,000.00)
Attachments: 1. 9827 - Columbus Public Health Agreement, 2. 1623-2022 Appropriation Form

Explanation

 

BACKGROUND:  Columbus Public Health’s Environmental Health Division has been awarded a grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.  This ordinance is needed to accept and appropriate $150,000.00 in grant monies to fund the 2022 Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) grant program, for the period April 30, 2022 through November 30, 2023.

 

The WPCLF program was created to assist the residents of Ohio with the repair or replacement of failing septic systems in hopes to improve the overall water quality in the state.  The program is providing financial assistance to low to moderate income homeowners with the repair or replacement of failing systems. Columbus Public Health will solicit and identify local homeowners in Columbus that meet the income eligibility criteria outlined in the program.  Columbus Public Health hopes to identify and repair/replace approximately 20 systems within the City of Columbus.

 

This ordinance is submitted as an emergency so the identification of septic systems can begin immediately and to use all funds allocated to this program. 

 

FISCAL IMPACT:  The 2022 WPCLF program is entirely funded by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and does not generate revenue or require a City Match.

 

Title

 

To authorize and direct the Board of Health to accept a grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency in the amount of $150,000.00 for the 2022 WPCLF program; to authorize the appropriation of $150,000.00 and any additional funds from the unappropriated balance of the Health Department Grants Fund; to authorize the City Auditor to transfer appropriations between object classes for the 2022 WPCLF program; and to declare an emergency.  ($150,000.00)

 

Body

 

WHEREAS,  $150,000.00 in grant funds have been made available to Columbus Public Health through the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for the 2022 WPCLF program for the period of April 30, 2022 through November 30, 2023; and,

 

WHEREAS,  it is necessary to accept and appropriate these funds from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for the 2022 WPCLF program to begin efforts to identify and replace/repair failing septic systems within the City of Columbus; and,

 

WHEREAS,  the City may receive additional funds awarded from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for the support of the 2022 WPCLF program; and,

 

WHEREAS,  it is necessary to accept and appropriate these additional funds from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for the support of the 2022 WPCLF program; and,

 

WHEREAS,  it is necessary to allow the City Auditor to transfer appropriations between object classes for the 2022 WPCLF program as needed upon request by the Columbus Public Health department.; and,

 

WHEREAS,  an emergency exists in the usual daily operation of Columbus Public Health in that it is immediately necessary to accept these grant funds from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to meet deliverables and to appropriate these funds to Columbus Public Health for the immediate preservation of the public health, property, safety and welfare, and to avoid delay in client services; Now, therefore,

 

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

 

SECTION 1.                     That the Board of Health is hereby authorized and directed to accept a grant award of $150,000.00 from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for the Water Pollution Control program for the period April 30, 2022 through November 30, 2023.

 

SECTION 2.                       That from the unappropriated monies and from all monies estimated to come into said fund from any and all sources and unappropriated for any other purpose during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022, the sum of $150,000.00 is appropriated in Fund 2251 The Health Department Grants Fund per the account codes in the attachment to this ordinance.

 

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

 

SECTION 4.                       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 they originated in accordance with all applicable grant agreements.

 

SECTION 5.                       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 6.                      That the Board of Health is hereby authorized and directed to accept any additional grant awards from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for the 2022 WPCLF program for the period April 1, 2022, through November 30, 2023.

 

SECTION 7.                     That from the unappropriated monies and from all monies estimated to come into said fund from any and all sources and unappropriated for any other purpose during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022, any additional awarded funds are appropriated in Fund 2251 according to notification of award or grant agreement by the grantor.

SECTION 8.                     That the City Auditor is hereby authorized to transfer appropriations between object classes for the 2022 WPCLF program as needed upon request by the Columbus Public Health department.

 

SECTION 9.                     That for 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.