City refunds money to Turning Point for shelter renovations

The Columbus City Council voted 8-0 to approve the first reading of an ordinance to reimburse money that Turning Point Domestic Violence Services had provided to the city last year for renovations of their shelter.

Councilman Chris Bartels, R-District 1, was absent. Ordinances must be passed on two readings to be approved.

Director of Community Development Robin Hilber said that during COVID, there was an increase in the number of people who needed the shelter, so Turning Point officials looked to increase their number of beds they had from 25 to 40 and make it ADA compliant.

The city had allocated $232,618.23 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to the project, but after two rounds of bids the price of the project still exceeded the city’s contribution.

“Turning Point gave us $6,000 toward the project, basically because the budget that came in for that was more than we had available,” Hilber told council members.

However, once work on the renovations began, Taylor Brothers Construction Co. identified certain things within the project that would no longer be needed, and that additional $6,000 that Turning Point pitched in ended up not being used, Hilber told the council, adding the move was essentially just giving them their money back.