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File #: 1400-2021    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 5/27/2021 In control: Finance Committee
On agenda: 6/14/2021 Final action: 6/18/2021
Title: To authorize the Director of the Department and Finance and Management to execute a license agreement specifying the terms and conditions for the grant of shared use of four communication tower sites by the State Of Ohio, Department of Administrative Services, Multi-Agency Radio Communication System Office (MARCS); and to declare an emergency.
Explanation
Background: The City of Columbus, Ohio is the owner of a number of communications towers used in city operations. The City currently has license agreements with the State of Ohio, Department of Administrative Services, Multi-Agency Radio Communication System (MARCS) for the shared utilization of three of the City’s communications tower and wishes to add a fourth tower location. The existing license agreements expire on June 30, 2021. The City and the State of Ohio, Department of Administrative Services, Multi-Agency Radio Communication System (MARCS) wish to enter into a new single license agreement for all four tower sites for the installation of certain communication equipment necessary for operation of MARCS Franklin County Central Simulcast Cell and provide for shared utilization of the City-owned communications towers located on those City-owned properties known as the Morse Road Water Treatment Plant, the Parsons Avenue Water Treatment Plant, 4250 Groves Road, and 442 Lazelle Road. In lieu of payment of license fees, MARCS agrees to provide, at no additional cost to the City of Columbus, all of the following: a) continued roaming capacity in Franklin and contiguous counties; b) continued shared use of MARCS Master Site/Zone Controller located at the State of Ohio Computer Center; c) use of MARC’s Johnstown and Riverview sites for coverage improvements; and d) in the event of a failure of the City's P-25 radio site, immediate emergency back-up capability using the MARCS Internet Protocol (IP) radio system for City radios. If at any time during the Agreement MARCS ceases to provide any of these services, then annual rent shall be due and payable for the remainder of the term in effect at that time. The following ordinance authorizes the Director of the Department and Finance and Management to execute a license agreement specifying the terms and conditions for the grant of shared use of four communication tower sites by the State of Ohio, Departmen...

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