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  Agenda Item 4.       
Meeting Date: 10/17/2017  
Item Title:    Amended Homeland Security Grant Program Resolution
Submitted By: Kwa heri Harris

Summary of Request/Problem
Council is requested to adopt an amended resolution approving the City of Garland 2017 Homeland Security Grant (HSGP) application. The purpose of the amendment is to add a Management and Administration project which will allow a clear delineation between planning and grant management tasks performed by the Office of Emergency Management grant funded staff positions.  This will allow the State to clearly see and calculate how much time and money is spent on planning activities versus grant management activities.  Adding this project will not reduce or increase th amount of funding awarded.

The Department of Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) is managed, at the state level, by the Texas Office of the Governor (OOG). A requirement mandated by OOG, in order to receive HSGP funding, is to have a Council approved resolution each year prior to receiving HSGP awarded funds.
Approving the amended resolution will assist the City of Garland with acquiring funding to help support public safety. As authorized in the original resolution, this funding will be used to purchase resources that will support the Garland Special Weapons and Tactical (SWAT) Teams by purchasing 54 Ballistic Plates (Body Armor), 2 Ballistic Blankets, SWAT currently has none, 8 pairs of helmet mounted vision goggles and 30 Tactical Communications and Hearing Protection Devices. The funding will also support the Garland Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Bomb Unit operations by providing a portable X-Ray equipment. Finally, the funding will support the OEM by funding a staff position responsible for emergency operations planning sustainment.
The original resolution, which was adopted by Council at the September 19, 2017 Regular Session, did not include the Management and Administration (M&A) project. The resolution is being amended to add M&A to the list.   
Recommendation/Action Requested and Justification
Approve the amended resolution authorizing the Office of Emergency Management to submit the HSGP application and gain access to grant funding.
Amended HSGP Resolution


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