Crime prevention grants go back before Columbus Council Tuesday

mowen@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 2, 2013 

A week after Columbus Council balked at approving 10 crime prevention grants worth a total of almost $700,000, Crime Prevention Director Seth Brown will be back in front of Council Tuesday to try again.

Councilor Gary Allen moved that the grant requests be postponed until Brown could get a list of political contributions made by members of the organizations’ boards of directors to local elected officials.

Brown said Monday that he had gathered the information and turned it over to City Attorney Clifton Fay, who would disseminate it to the councilors.

Brown said there was surprisingly little in the way of political contributions, considering that people who serve on non-profit boards are usually the kind of people who are active politically.

“It was very minimal,” Brown said. “It kind of shocked me how little there was.”

The programs seeking the grants and their requested amounts are:

• Education is the Answer, Inc., $45,000.

• SAMARC, Inc., $50,000.

• Boxwood Recreation Project, $80,000.

• Columbus Technical College Non-violent Felon Employment Program, $80,000.

• Family Center of Columbus F.A.S.T. program, $87,000.

• Adult Drug Court, $75,000.

• Mental Health Court, $75,000.

• Chattahoochee Valley Jail Ministry, Inc., $41,500.

• Literacy Alliance of Columbus, $105,000.

• Neighborhood Focused on African American Youth, Inc., $55,000.

Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Citizens Service Center off Macon Road.

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