Dr. Brent Cody
Submitted by YVETTE TUELL
Office of Public Affairs
FORT HALL — The Fort Hall Business Council recently hired Dr. Brent Cody, a professional consultant with Momentum Civil and Environmental Engineering, to develop a sustainable financial allocation model and plan for the Coronavirus Relief funding received by the Tribes.
He will conduct a planning process to identify the vision/mission, measurable goals and objectives, and actionable strategies; identify Tribal needs by working with tribal programs, tribal entities, and community; identify allowable projects per federal CFR allowable costs and expenditures; develop project proposals as project needs are identified, review those proposals, and assist with oversight and implementation of funds; develop a schedule indicating deadlines for outreach, research, plan development, final approval of plan, and help with the implementation of the plan. The effort is on the fast track and Dr. Cody has until December 30, 2020 to complete his work.
The Fort Hall Business Council has identified their priorities, but it is vital for the community to offer input in this effort. In the next few weeks, tribal members will be asked to identify suggestions in surveys and comments. To start this community effort, a survey will be available at the polling locations on Friday to tribal members.
Fort Hall Business Council members said it is an opportunity to do needed things to help our people fight against the virus and we can do a lot with this funding.
The Business Council recognized the need to bring on additional assistance to focus only on the coordinating of tribal programs, community input and with leadership to use this funding efficiently and effectively.
Tribal ordinances and procurement policies were followed. A Request for Proposals was released to eligible firms who may be interested in submitting a bid, including several tribal member firms. No tribal member firms offered a bid, and some indicated they were not interested in the proposal. Momentum Engineering bid and no other Tribal bids were received. Due to the short timeframe with this CRF funding availability and based on Momentum Engineering’s prior work experience with multiple Shoshone-Bannock Tribal departments and other Tribal work, the Business Council accepted the bid.