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File #: 1757-2019    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 6/20/2019 In control: Public Safety Committee
On agenda: 7/15/2019 Final action: 7/17/2019
Title: To authorize and direct the Finance and Management Director to issue a purchase order to Knox Associates; to waive the competitive bidding provisions of the Columbus City Code, Chapter 329, for the purchase of the Knox Box Home equipment; to authorize the expenditure of $70,644.00 from the General Government Grant Fund; and to declare an emergency. ($70,644.00)
Attachments: 1. FY2017 AFG Notice of Funding Opportunity, 2. Bid Waiver 0661-2019 Knox Box Eqpmt AFG, 3. Knox Box Home Qty 406 062719
Explanation

BACKGROUND: This legislation authorizes the Finance and Management Director to issue a purchase order to Knox Associates for the purchase of Knox Box Home equipment for use by the Division of Fire (CFD), Fire Prevention Bureau. The City of Columbus was awarded a Federal Fiscal Year 2017 Assistance to Fire Fighters Grant from the Assistance to Fire Fighters (AFG) Grant program, via the Department of Homeland Security / Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which will provide financial assistance for the purchase of the Knox Box Home equipment for use by the CFD, specifically "CFD Fire and Life Safety Educators" for City of Columbus citizens. The Knox Box Rapid Entry product is currently built into and used on CFD’s fire apparatus. These boxes are self-contained units that retain a master key in each fire emergency vehicle which provides emergency responders with a mechanism to rapidly access locked or restricted areas, thus reducing property damage, liability for lost keys, and decreasing on-scene time awaiting the arrival of a key holder to gain entry into the building or home and facilitating a more expedient delivery of emergency services. Knox Box produces and sells their products directly to the end user. The City will act as Grantee to the Department of Homeland Security / Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and approved the acceptance of this AFG Grant via Ordinance #2603-2018. The grant award is for a maximum of $303,300.00, which is comprised of $288,858.00 from the AFG award, with a 5% cost match of the final purchase amount to be made by the City, not to exceed $14,442.00, of non-Federal funds. This purchase of the Knox Box Home equipment is $70,644.00, and the City's actual 5% match of the final purchase amount would be $3,532.20.

Bid Information: Knox Box produces and sells their products directly to the end user. CFD is requesting a Bid Waiver on this purchase so that the same Knox Box system that is currently in ...

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