05-0341R


RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AN AGREEMENT WITH ENVENTIS TELECOM, INC., FOR PROVIDING PROFESSIONAL SERVICES TO THE CITY OF DULUTH FOR COMPLETION OF PHASE 4 OF THE CITY’S TELECOMMUNICATIONS UPGRADE PROJECT FOR CONSIDERATION OF $60,000.

BY COUNCILOR ATKINS:

     RESOLVED, that the proper city officers are hereby authorized to enter into a professional services agreement, substantially in the form of that on file in the office of the city clerk as Public Document No. _____, with Enventis Telecom, Inc., for completion of Phase 4 of the city’s telecommunications upgrade project, specifically the upgrade of the City Hall core equipment and the installation and implementation of services for five additional remote sites for the sum of $60,000 payable from the 2004 Capital Equipment Bond Fund 0250-015-2004-5580, Project #:CE250-E401.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution authorizes a professional services agreement with Enventis Telecom, Inc., to complete the installation, implementation, training and support services phases for the city’s telecommunications upgrade project. This is the final phase of the telecommunications upgrade project which began in 2002. This phase will include expanding the new network and services to the main library, main firehall, parks, fleet and building maintenance locations.


The data and telephone infrastructure and equipment upgrades are necessary to maintain service as it functions today, however the new system will greatly enhance features, functionality, capabilities, efficiencies in operation and management, and allow for redundancy of both the data and telephone networks for the city.


Capital equipment bond funding was approved by the council in 2004 to cover the expense related to completion of this project. The equipment for this upgrade project will be purchased from Enventis Telecom as well, at state contract prices, the approval of which expenditure is the subject of Resolution 05-0342. Enventis Telecom was selected for completion of this project through a request for proposal process. The estimated total project cost is $1,083,000, of which $30,000 has been expended for the discovery and design phase (Phase I); $868,000 has been expended for Phases 2 and 3, the City Hall and Garfield implementation phases, and the remaining $215,000 is the subject of this phase, including the costs associated with this resolution, and the costs associated with the equipment purchase under Resolution 05-0342.

 

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