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File #: 1578-2021    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 6/9/2021 In control: Technology Committee
On agenda: 6/14/2021 Final action: 6/18/2021
Title: : To authorize the City of Columbus, Department of Technology, to modify agreements with Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) and Franklin County Educational Service Center (ESCCO) to support broadband connectivity and access to computing devices to support Virtual Education in the 2020-2021 school year and beyond; to authorize the continuation of federal CARES Act Funding to reimburse Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) and Franklin County Educational Service Center (ESCCO) for the attached amended MOU; and to declare an emergency. ($0.00)
Sponsors: Rob Dorans, Elizabeth Brown
Attachments: 1. CoC_MORPC_ESCCO_MOU_Amendment
Explanation
BACKGROUND:
This ordinance authorizes the City of Columbus, Department of Technology, to modify agreements with Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) and Franklin County Educational Service Center (FCESC) hereinafter referred to as MORPC and ESCCO. Under the terms of the amended agreement, or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the City will reimburse MORPC and ESCCO in federal CARES Act Funding to support broadband connectivity and access to computing devices to support Virtual Education in the 2020-2021 school year and beyond. The City, MORPC and ESCCO entered into MOU (Ord. No. 1793-2020) in which the City will continue to provide federal CARES Act funding to MORPC and ESCCO, under certain conditions, so that MORPC and ESCCO may acquire the broadband connectivity and learning devices needed for the City of Columbus students enrolled in public and chartered school districts in Central Ohio and to achieve the goal of providing sufficient access to enable remote learning devices for all students. The amended MOU attached supports broadband connectivity and access to computing devices to support Virtual Education in the 2020-2021 school year and beyond. No additional funding is being requested for this purpose.

FISCAL IMPACT:
The City has received federal CARES Act money to assist with the funding of municipal operations during and related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding was previously authorized via Ord. 1793-2020, there is no additional funding being requested via this ordinance/legislation. Funds are available to provide to the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) and Franklin County Educational Service Center (ESCCO) for the above-described purpose in the attached amended MOU.

EMERGENCY DESIGNATION:
Emergency designation is being requested so that the said funds may continue to be transferred at the earliest possible date based on the attached amended MOU.

...TITLE:
To authorize the City of Columbus, Department of Te...

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