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File #: 1715-2021    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 6/21/2021 In control: Finance Committee
On agenda: 7/12/2021 Final action: 7/15/2021
Title: To authorize the Director of Finance and Management to expend funds to bind the City's insurance program for the term commencing August 1, 2021 and terminating July 31, 2022; to authorize the expenditure of up to $969,685.98 from various funds; and to declare an emergency. ($969,685.98)
Attachments: 1. Ordinance #1715-2021 Funding Attachment.pdf

Explanation

 

Background:  Pursuant to RFQ011046 and as authorized by Ordinance No. 0650-2019, the City entered into an Insurance Brokerage and Risk Engineering Services Contract with USI Insurance Services, LLC for an initial one-year term with four (4) additional automatic one-year renewal terms with each renewal term subject to the appropriation of funds by City Council and the certification of funds availability by the City Auditor.

 

This ordinance authorizes the expenditure of funds for the second automatic renewal of the Insurance Brokerage and Engineering Services Contract with USI Insurance Services, LLC; the binding of coverage for all City insurance programs for the term August 1, 2021 through July 31, 2022; the expenditure of up to $395,000.00 from the Department of Finance and Management 2021 budget; the expenditure of $181,987.00 from the Department of Public Safety 2021 budget, and the expenditure of up to $392,698.98 from the Department of Public Utilities 2021 budget for payment of brokerage and policy premiums associated with the City’s 2021-2022 insurance programs.  This ordinance also authorizes the Director of Finance and Management to approve any necessary changes in the City's insurance program, such as additions of buildings, aircrafts, vehicles, modify coverage limits, and additions to type or lines of coverage during the 2021-2022 policy term.

 

The Contract Compliance Number for USI Insurance Services is 13-3771734.

 

Fiscal Impact:  The funding for this contract and the cost of all insurance premiums is budgeted and the funds are available within the Department of Finance and Management Employee Benefits Fund Budget ($395,000.00); the Department of Public Safety 2021 General Fund Budget ($181,987.00); and the Department of Public Utilities Water Operating Fund ($194,538.35), Sewer Operating Fund ($193,092.05) and Power Operating Fund ($5,068.58).  This ordinance authorizes the expenditure of up to $969,685.98 for premiums and brokerage fees associated with insurance coverage necessary to protect City assets.   

 

Emergency action is requested to allow for uninterrupted insurance brokerage services and the immediate binding of property, boiler and machinery, general and excess liability, and aviation insurance coverage for the insurance year 2021-2022 to protect the City’s assets.

 

Title

 

To authorize the Director of Finance and Management to expend funds to bind the City's insurance program for the term commencing August 1, 2021 and terminating July 31, 2022; to authorize the expenditure of up to $969,685.98 from various funds; and to declare an emergency. ($969,685.98)

 

Body

 

WHEREAS, pursuant to Ordinance No. 0650-2019, the City of Columbus entered into an Insurance Brokerage and Risk Engineering Services Contract with USI Insurance Services, LLC for a five year period consisting of an initial one (1) year term and four (4) automatic consecutive one-year renewal terms subject to the appropriation of funds by City Council and the certification of funds availability by the City Auditor; and

 

WHEREAS, it is necessary to authorize the expenditure of funds for the second of four (4) automatic one (1) year renewal terms of the Insurance Brokerage and Engineering Services Contract with USI Insurance Services, LLC insurance brokerage and the expenditure of funds the cost of the City's selected insurance policies for the insurance year commencing August 1, 2021 and terminating July 31, 2022; and

 

WHEREAS, it may be necessary for the Director of Finance and Management to make changes in the City's insurance program to modify coverage limits, insure additional buildings, aircraft, vehicles, add types or lines of coverage that may result in additional premium costs during the 2021-2022 policy term; and

 

WHEREAS, an emergency exists in the usual daily operations of the Department of Finance and Management in that it is immediately necessary to authorize the Director to expend funds for a insurance brokerage and risk engineering services contract for the City's insurance programs and the actual underwriting cost of the City's selected insurance policies to ensure that insurance coverage continues without interruption 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 Director of Finance and Management be and is hereby authorized and directed to expend funds for the second of four automatic renewals of a contract with USI Insurance Services commencing August 1, 2021 and terminating July 31, 2022 for provision of insurance brokerage and risk engineering services, to pay the cost of insurance premiums for property (casualty), boiler and machinery, general liability, excess liability, and aviation insurance policies to bind coverage for the 2021-2022 insurance year, to make any necessary changes in the City's insurance program required during the 2021-2022 term and to pay the associated costs of any additional insurance premiums incurred.

 

SECTION 2.  That the expenditure of $395,000.00, or so much thereof that may be necessary in regard to the action authorized in Section 1 be and is hereby authorized and approved in Fund 5502 Employee Benefits Fund in Object Class 3, Contractual Services per the accounting codes in the attachment to this ordinance.

 

SECTION 3.  That the expenditure of $181,987.00, or so much thereof that may be necessary in regard to the action authorized in Section 1 be and is hereby authorized and approved in Department of Public Safety Fund 1000 General Fund in Object Class 3, Contractual Services per the accounting codes in the attachment to this ordinance.

 

SECTION 4. That the expenditure of $193,092.05, or so much thereof that may be necessary in regard to the action authorized in Section 1 be and is hereby authorized and approved in Department of Public Utilities Sewer Operating Fund 6100 in Object Class 3,  per the accounting codes in the attachment to this ordinance.

 

SECTION 5. That the expenditure of $194,538.35, or so much thereof that may be necessary in regard to the action authorized in Section 1 be and is hereby authorized and approved in Department of Public Utilities Water Operating Fund 6000 in Object Class 3, per the accounting codes in the attachment to this ordinance.

 

SECTION 6.  That the expenditure of $5,068.58, or so much thereof that may be necessary in regard to the action authorized in Section 1 be and is hereby authorized and approved in Department of Public Utilities Power Operating Fund 6300 in Object Class 3, per the accounting codes in the attachment to this ordinance.

 

SECTION 7.  That the funds necessary to carry out the purpose of this ordinance are hereby deemed appropriated and the City Auditor shall establish such accounting codes as necessary.

 

SECTION 8.   That the expenditures as authorized in Section 1 shall be paid upon order of the Director of Finance and Management and that no order shall be drawn or money paid except by voucher, the form of which shall be approved by the City Auditor.

 

SECTION 9.  That the City Auditor is authorized to make any accounting changes necessary to ensure that this contract is properly accounted for and recorded accurately on the City’s financial record.  That the City Auditor is authorized to make any changes to revise the funding source for any contract or contract modification associated with this ordinance.

 

SECTION 10.  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.