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  ITEM 25.       
Meeting Date: 10/13/2020  
Submitted For: Chris Briggs
Department: Police  

Subject
RESOLUTION NO. R20-128
 
A RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GLENDALE, MARICOPA COUNTY, ARIZONA, AUTHORIZING THE ENTERING INTO OF A HIGHWAY SAFETY CONTRACT (NO. 2021-PTS-026) WITH THE ARIZONA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF HIGHWAY SAFETY AND AUTHORIZING THE ACCEPTANCE AND EXPENDITURE OF THE GRANT AWARD IN THE APPROXIMATE AMOUNT OF $45,000 FOR PERSONNEL SERVICES, EMPLOYEE RELATED EXPENSES, AND MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES FOR THE GLENDALE POLICE DEPARTMENT STEP ENFORCEMENT PROJECT. 
Presented by: Chris Briggs, Police Chief
Purpose and Recommended Action
This is a request for City Council to waive reading beyond the title and adopt a resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into contract 2021-PTS-026 with the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) and accept Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2021 grant funding in the approximate amount of $45,000 for the Glendale Police Department Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) Enforcement Project.
Background
Since 1995, the Glendale Police Department has been receiving Arizona GOHS grant funds for use in the enforcement and investigation of traffic, seatbelt, and DUI violations and investigations, along with the purchase of equipment and training.  The Police Department submits highway safety project proposals annually to the Arizona GOHS for FFY funding.  The proposals are carefully considered by an evaluation team at the Arizona GOHS who reviews agency performance, program priority area, problem identification, supporting fiscal/data documentation, consistency of reporting, and available funding levels. 

In March 2020, the Glendale Police Department completed a law enforcement project grant application and submitted a proposal to the Arizona GOHS for FFY 2021 funding for the STEP Enforcement Project.  In August 2020, the Police Department was notified the review of proposals had been completed, funding would be awarded for the project, and a contract would be received soon.  In September 2020, Highway Safety Contract 2021-PTS-026 was sent to the Police Department identifying a grant award in the amount of $45,000.  The grant period is October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021, and if approved the grant funds will be used to support personnel services and employee related expenses (overtime), and materials and supplies to enhance STEP enforcement throughout the City of Glendale.
Analysis
If Council approves the requested action, a portion of the grant funds will be utilized to support personnel services and employee related expenses, providing for the overtime costs associated with supplement staffing to address traffic issues and violations.  This overtime includes conducting targeted speed enforcement efforts, monthly enforcement to reduce street racing, and motor saturation enforcement in known problem and high collision areas.  Grant fund will also support material and supply costs involved with the purchase of handheld light detection and ranging (LIDAR) speed monitoring equipment.  The Police Department is committed to changing driving behavior within the City through concentrated enforcement of aggressive driving, excessive speed, and street racing.  Through the STEP model, the Police Department works to improve the enforcement of traffic safety laws intended to reduce death, injury, and property damage; and to promote roadway safety, along with deterring aggressive and distracted drivers.  

Without these grant funds, the City would be responsible for the associated expenses for the project, or the project may be eliminated.  There is no financial match required for this grant and a specific project account will be set up in 2160, the City's grant fund, once the contract is fully executed.  Staff is requesting Council adopt the proposed resolution, and upon approval, also authorizes expenditure of the grant funds.
Previous Related Council Action
On September 24, 2019, Council adopted a resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into a Highway Safety Contract with the Arizona GOHS and accept grant funding in the approximate amount of $25,000 for the Glendale Police Department STEP Enforcement Project.
Community Benefit/Public Involvement
In its ongoing commitment to protect the lives and property of the people it serves, the Police Department continues to work to identify aggressive and reckless drivers.  Grant funding provides an opportunity to supplement staffing in order to conduct specialty enforcement efforts to apprehend these dangerous drivers and remove them from City roadways before they hurt themselves or others. 
Attachments
R20-128
Contract - AZGOHS HSC 2021-PTS-026


    

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