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File #: 0334-2017    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 2/3/2017 In control: Judiciary And Court Administration Committee
On agenda: 3/13/2017 Final action: 3/16/2017
Title: To authorize and direct the Administrative and Presiding Judge of the Franklin County Municipal Court to enter into contract with ACS for monitoring services associated with the continuous alcohol monitoring devices to authorize the expenditure of up to $400,000.00 for monitoring services from the electronic alcohol monitoring fund; and to declare an emergency. ($400,000.00)
Attachments: 1. ACS scram, 2. ACS letter, 3. ACS scram sole source

Explanation

 

BACKGROUND:

This ordinance authorizes the Administrative and Presiding Judge of the Franklin County Municipal Court to enter into contract with Fairfield Information Services DBA American Court Services (ACS) for monitoring services associated with the use of secure continuous remote alcohol monitor (SCRAM) devices.  The SCRAM unit is a non-invasive, tamper-resistant, transdermal monitoring device that measures blood alcohol concentration automatically, 24 hours a day, regardless of the individual's location.  Alcohol Monitoring Systems holds many patents on the continuous alcohol monitoring device and Fairfield Information Services is the only local vendor authorized to providing monitoring services.

 

The Franklin County Municipal Court Judges purchased 40 SCRAM devices with monies from its indigent driver alcohol treatment fund for the purpose of monitoring offenders with alcohol dependency issues that are sentenced to use a SCRAM unit as a condition of probation.  The continued use of the SCRAM devices necessitates monitoring services, which is provided by ACS.  The devices were purchased from Alcohol Monitoring Services and they have named ACS as a sole provider of monitoring service.  As a consequence, this is a sole source provider under section 329.19 (e) of the City Code.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:  Funds are available within the 2017 Electronic Alcohol Monitoring (IDIAM) fund for this purpose.  This Ordinance is contingent on the passage of 0329-2017 2017 IDIAM appropriation.

 

EMERGENCY:  Emergency legislation is requested to authorize the court to enter into contract and the expenditure to continue monitoring services with no interruption in services.

 

 

Title

To authorize and direct the Administrative and Presiding Judge of the Franklin County Municipal Court to enter into contract with ACS for monitoring services associated with the continuous alcohol monitoring devices to authorize the expenditure of up to $400,000.00 for monitoring services from the electronic alcohol monitoring fund; and to declare an emergency. ($400,000.00)

 

Body

 

WHEREAS, ordinance # 1568-2007 was passed by Columbus City Council on November 5, 2007 authorizing the contract and expenditure for acquisition of continuous alcohol monitoring devices and related monitoring services for the Franklin County Municipal Court, Department of Probation Services; and

 

WHEREAS, ACS is a sole source provider; and

 

WHEREAS, the Franklin County Municipal Court is in need of additional monitoring services from ACS; and

 

WHEREAS, this ordinance is requested as an emergency to permit the timely procurement of needed services; and

 

WHEREAS, an emergency exists in the usual daily operation of the Franklin County Municipal Court in that it is immediately necessary to authorize the Administrative and Presiding Judge to contract for continuous alcohol monitoring services with ACS thereby preserving the public health, peace, property, safety and welfare; Now, Therefore,

 

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUMBUS:

 

SECTION 1. That the Administrating and Presiding Judge of the Franklin County Municipal Court be and is hereby authorized to enter into contract with ACS for monitoring services associated with the Court's continuous alcohol monitoring equipment through the period ending March 31, 2018

 

SECTION 2. That the funds necessary to carry out the purpose of this ordinance is hereby deemed appropriated, and the City Auditor shall establish such accounting codes as necessray.

 

SECTION 3. That the expenditure of $400,000 or as much thereof as may be necessary is hereby authorized from the Franklin County Municipal Court Judges' electronic alcohol monitoring fund per the account codes in the attached.

 

SECTION 4. That for the reasons stated in the preamble hereto, which is hereby made a part hereof, this ordinance is declared to be an emergency measure and shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage and approval by the Mayor, or ten days after passage if the Mayor neither approves nor vetoes the same.