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File #: 2158-2021    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 8/9/2021 In control: Public Service & Transportation Committee
On agenda: 9/13/2021 Final action: 9/16/2021
Title: To authorize the Director of Public Service to reimburse various utilities for utility relocation costs incurred in conjunction with the Columbus Traffic Signal System Phase F project; to authorize the expenditure of $350,000.00 from the Streets and Highways Bonds Fund to pay for the utility relocation costs; and to declare an emergency. ($350,000.00)
Attachments: 1. ORD 2158-2021 CTSS Phase F
Explanation
1. BACKGROUND:
The Department of Public Service, Division of Traffic Management, is engaged in the Traffic Signal Installation - Columbus Traffic Signal System (CTSS) Phase F project which is the sixth phase in a series of projects to migrate all Columbus traffic signals to a new central traffic control system. This will allow the city to choose among multiple vendors for some of the commodities related to the Traffic Signal System and ideally receive better pricing for needed materials.

In the course of affecting the Traffic Signal Installation - Columbus Traffic Signal System (CTSS) Phase F project, it is sometimes necessary to force the relocation of utilities from privately held easements. These relocations are in areas where the city has previously allowed utilities, but due to this project there is a need to relocate them at the city's expense. Utility relocation estimates are normally included in the budget for each project, but occasionally estimates are insufficient and not always in the city's control. This legislation provides a source of funding of $350,000.00 for utility relocations, some of which are yet to be named, in order to provide for quick turnaround of these relocations once the utility and project are determined. The utility relocation work includes design, review, and associated utility pole modification, replacement, or other required work to accommodate the Columbus Traffic Signal System (CTSS) fiber optic.

To date, American Electric Power, AT&T, and the Division of Power have been designated as utilities needing to relocate facilities. City Council recognizes this ordinance does not identify all of the utilities that will receive the reimbursements and understands that its passage will give the Director of Public Service the final decision in determination for such contract(s). This council is satisfied it is in the best interests of the city to delegate this contracting decision.

The $350,000.00 requested for this work i...

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