M&C Review


COUNCIL ACTION:  Approved on 2/13/2018 - Ordinance No. 23116-02-2018

DATE: 2/13/2018 REFERENCE NO.: C-28581 LOG NAME: 19DIRECTENERGY-2018
CODE: C TYPE: NON-CONSENT PUBLIC HEARING: NO
SUBJECT:  

Authorize Acceptance of a Grant from Direct Energy in an Amount Up to $25,000.00 for the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Utility Assistance Program, Authorize Related Contracts, Approve Allocation of Investment Income/Interest Income Up to $1,200.00 and Adopt Appropriation Ordinance (ALL COUNCIL DISTRICTS)


RECOMMENDATION:

It is recommended that the City Council:

1.  Authorize the acceptance of a grant from Direct Energy in an amount up to $25,000.00 from Direct Energy for the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Utility Assistance Program;

2.  Authorize the execution of related contracts, including any amendments, renewals and extensions in accordance with City policies and regulations with Direct Energy for the grant funds;

3.  Approve allocation of investment income/interest income up to $1,200.00 based upon actual earnings for the program; and

4.  Adopt the attached appropriation ordinance increasing estimated receipts and appropriations in the Grants Fund in the amount up to $26,200.00, subject to receipt of the grant and investment income/interest income.

 
DISCUSSION:

Direct Energy's Neighbor-to-Neighbor Utility Assistance Program was established in 2003.  The goal of the program is to provide funding to social service agencies to use for utility assistance for Direct Energy's low income customers.  The program is funded by customer donations and a company contribution.  Clients may receive up to $600.00 per year for assistance.  The City will assist approximately 42 Fort Worth and Tarrant County families.  The Neighborhood Services Department, Community Services Division and Community Action Partners will administer the program, if awarded.

As of December 31, 2017, the City received $20,892.30 grant funds from Direct Energy. There were 32 clients assisted in the amount of $7,777.06. Investment income received during this period is $527.27.

The grant does not allow for indirect costs and no additional City funds will be used in the administration of this grant. No matching funds are required.

This program serves ALL COUNCIL DISTRICTS.

 
FISCAL INFORMATION/CERTIFICATION:

The Director of Finance certifies that upon approval of the above recommendations and adoption of the attached appropriation ordinance, funds will be available in the current operating budget, as appropriated, of the Grants Fund.  This is an advance grant.



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Submitted for City Manager's Office by:
Fernando Costa (6122)
Originating Department Head:
Aubrey Thagard (8187)
Additional Information Contact:
Sonia Singleton (5774)

 
 
ATTACHMENTS
  19DIRECTENERGY-2018_AO18.docx
  Direct Energy 1295 12-22-17.pdf