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File #: 22-0292    Name: Grant Application for a Competitive Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Grant through DCJS
Type: Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 9/17/2021 In control: City Council Legislative Meeting
On agenda: 10/12/2021 Final action:
Title: Consideration of the Submission of a Grant Application for a Competitive Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Grant through the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.
City of Alexandria, Virginia
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MEMORANDUM



DATE: OCTOBER 5, 2021

TO: THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL

FROM: MARK B. JINKS, CITY MANAGER /s/

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Consideration of the Submission of a Grant Application for a Competitive Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Grant through the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.
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ISSUE: Consideration of the Submission of a Grant Application for a Competitive Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Grant through the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).

RECOMMENDATION: That City Council:

(1) Approve a grant application of up to $49,700, to be submitted October 22, 2021, to the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. The exact amount awarded will be determined by the DCJS.; and

(2) Authorize the City Manager to execute all necessary documents that may be required.

BACKGROUND: The Alexandria Sheriff's Office (ASO) seeks approval to apply for a competitive grant to assist eligible applicants in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the coronavirus. Eligible participants include local and state law enforcement agencies, local and state correctional facilities/jails, and general district courts and circuit courts. The ASO has need for two items of equipment that fall under this grant opportunity, limited flush toilets for inmate cells and biohazard suits for Sheriff's Emergency Response Team (SERT) members in the detention center.

DISCUSSION: As the number of inmates continues to increase and the pandemic lingers for some time to come, more inmates are exhibiting behavioral issues and COVID exposures increase. ASO has inmates that flood their jail cells by stopping up and continually flushing their toilets, causing contaminated water and debris to flood into the cell. When a confirmed or symptomatic COVID-19 inmate creates flooding, an in...

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