AGENDA MEMORANDUM

 

Meeting Date:           April 13, 2009

 

From:                          Chief William Chrisman

 

Subject:                      Resolution authorizing the Leesburg Police Department to apply for and, if awarded, accept a grant for $306,960.00 from the U.S. Department of Justice

 

Staff Recommendation:

Staff recommends approval to submit the application and, if awarded, accept the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant from the U.S. Department of Justice for $306,960.  This grant will support the City’s ability to preserve  two existing sworn positions. 

 

Analysis:

This grant will provide budgetary relief for salaries and benefits for two officers who may be laid off in the future because of budget cuts. Whereas the COPS program has traditionally been restricted to adding new positions, it has been modified as part of the Economic Stimulus Package to include job preservation.  It is staff’s intent to use the grant in this manner.  Deadline for submission is April 14, 2009.

 

Options:

1.      Accept the grant to reduce the cost of salaries and benefits for  two existing sworn positions; or

2.      Such alternative action as the Commission may deem appropriate

 

Fiscal Impact

The grant will provide 100% funding of the $306,960 to  two existing law enforcement positions salaries and benefits for three years. The city must retain all sworn officer positions awarded under this grant for a period of one year (12 months) following the conclusion of the three-year funding period.  At the beginning of the fourth year, the city must fund the positions.

 

Submission Date and Time:    4/9/2009 9:27 AM____

Department: Police Department

Prepared by:  Sonja Vicchiollo                     

Attachments:         Yes X  No ______

Advertised:   ____Not Required ______                     

Dates:   __________________________                     

Attorney Review :       Yes___  No ____

                                                

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Revised 6/10/04

 

Reviewed by: Dept. Head ________

 

Finance  Dept. __________JB______                                     

                              

Deputy C.M. ___________________                                                                         

Submitted by:

City Manager ___________________

 

Account No. _001-0000-331-2100___

 

Project No. ___________________

 

WF No. ______________________

 

Budget  ______________________

 

Available _____________________


 

RESOLUTION NO._______________

 

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LEESBURG, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING THE LEESBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT, TO APPLY FOR AND ACCEPT, IF AWARDED, A "COPS" GRANT OF $306,960.00 FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO PRESERVE TWO EXISTING SWORN POSITIONS WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LEESBURG, FLORIDA:

 

            THAT the Leesburg Police Department is hereby authorized to apply for and accept, if awarded, a grant for $306,960.00 from  the Department of Justice to preserve two existing sworn positions.

 

             THAT this resolution shall become effective immediately.

 

PASSED AND ADOPTED by the City Commission of the City of Leesburg, Florida, at a regular meeting held the _13th____ day of _April_____ 2009.

 

 

 

                                                                            __________________________________

                                                                             Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

 

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City Clerk