City of Brookhaven

Agenda Item

Consideration and Approval 2018-2020 Community Development Block Grant Urban County Letter of Intent


Category:Action Item


City of Brookhaven confirm its intent to enter into the Urban County Agreement and authorize the Mayor to sign the intent letter and the agreement, contingent on City Manager approval of the document.

Meeting History

Jun 29, 2017 7:00 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting

Assistant City Manager Steven Chapman explained the letter of intent was to extended urban county agreement with DeKalb County to administer the CDBG and HOME funding for 2018, 2019, and 2020. This would give the Mayor authority to enter into an agreement with DeKalb County. For fiscal year 2017 the City already requested $105,000 to be drawn down from this programs, and the City would be submitting request for 2018, 2019 and 2020 to the maximum amount for the City.

Council Member Jones asked if the City was confident that the City was going to receive a fair share under the agreement for 2018, 2019 and 2020. Mr. Sigman explained that the agreement did not guarantee an amount for any jurisdiction that participate in this agreement. He was confident that staff would put forth programs hoping to prevail for a fair share but the document was not a guarantee. Staff was recommending to continue to work with DeKalb County. Council Member Jones asked if the City was going to be locked in until 2020. Mr. Sigman noted that the City would be locked in but the City was going to be doing concurrent paperwork to become an entitlement City. Council Member Jones asked if there would be any recourse if the City was not treated fairly. Mr. Sigman explained that the City did not have recourse to get out of this agreement. But if the City did not participate, the City would lose the funds because they would continue to be sent to DeKalb County. If the City would go down that road as entitlement city, the City may lose funding for the year.

Council Member Mattison asked how much the City received from DeKalb County. Mr. Sigman explained the City of Brookhaven did not receive anything in the previous years because there was not a request to receive funding. This past year with the Fund Development Director coming on board the City received over $100,000. There were also some social services offices in Brookhaven that received money directly from the County after they submitted their request directly. Council Member Mattison was in support of the agreement.

Council Member Mattison made a motion to approve the item. Council Member Gebbia seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

MOVER:Bates Mattison, Mayor Pro Tem / District 3
SECONDER:Joe Gebbia, District 4
AYES:Linley Jones, John Park, Bates Mattison, Joe Gebbia