04-0329R

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH MOSS AND BARNETT RELATED TO THE CABLE FRANCHISE RENEWAL PROCESS.

BY COUNCILOR STEWART:

RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are hereby authorized to enter into an agreement substantially in the form of that on file in the office of the city clerk as Public Document No. ___________ in the amount of $30,000 with Moss and Barnett related to the cable franchise renewal process, payable from Fund 0100, Agency 700, Organization 1428, Object 5441.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  The city's ten year cable franchise with Charter Communications will expire in the near future. The city of Duluth negotiated this franchise. However, the fast-paced evolution of technology and the current environment of the cable negotiation process is such that the city would be at a disadvantage without expert assistance.

This resolution authorizes an agreement with Moss and Barnett to assist in the cable franchise renewal process. Moss and Barnett is known throughout the state and country for its expertise in the area of cable communications. Brian Grogan of the law firm will be the person primarily responsible for the delivery of services. The amount authorized under the agreement equals .62 percent of the amount of cable franchise fees received by the city during the existing franchise term.