Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - January 27, 2015
January 27, 2015 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #19

Amendment #3 to Frequency Reconfiguration Agreement


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Wilfredo Miranda
Information Technology Department
Radio Division

Action Requested

Authorize the County Administrator or his designee to execute Amendment #3 to Frequency Reconfiguration Agreement between Manatee County and Nextel South Corp. (a subsidiary of Sprint Corporation).

Enabling/Regulating Authority

Frequency Reconfiguration Agreement (FRA) was executed on December 12, 2007.

Background Discussion

To address a growing problem of harmful interference to 800 MHz public safety communication systems caused by high-density commercial wireless systems, the Federal Communications Commission in July 2004 adopted a comprehensive plan to reconfigure the band. This plan is designed to protect the lives of first responders and other emergency personnel and fulfills the Commission's obligation to promote safety of life and property through the use of wire and radio communications.

Under the Phase I FRA, based on this last Amendment, Manatee has been allocated a total of $179,430.95 for the reconfiguration of its 1-120 rebanding channels.  Pursuant to Schedule C of the FRA, when the FRA was first executed on December 12, 2007, Manatee County received from Sprint a payment of $146,134.51.  

By way of background, Manatee was originally allocated the sum of $292,269.02.  The Amendment reduced the total amount allocated to Manatee from $292,269.02 to $146,134.51.  The $146,134.51 is one-half of the $292,269.02.  The payment terms under the FRA is that Manatee would receive one-half of its estimated reconfiguration proceeds at the beginning of the project and the balance after completion of the project. 

By converting the computation method to a per unit basis, Manatee is/was able to document reprogramming tasks and asset management tasks for its replacement radios on its subscriber fleet in the total amount of $123,091.50.  Manatee was also able to produce limited time records for its project management tasks under the FRA in the amount of $16,305.00, making the total amount of documented costs in the amount of $139,396.50.  Under the FRA, the difference of the original amount received by Sprint of $146,134.51 less the documented costs of $139,396.50, or $6,738.01, is the projected amount that Manatee will have to refund to Sprint. 

This amendment allows for full completion of the rebanding process.

County Attorney Review
Formal Written Review (Opinion memo must be attached)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

County should sign three (3) originals first.  The County signs on page 1 and again under the Certification on page 22.  Please return all executed originals to Manatee County radio system manager (Wilfredo Miranda) for further processing. Sprint will sign all three copies. One copy will be retained by Sprint, the second copy will be filed with the transition administrator (TA), and the third copy will be returned to the County.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
$6,738.01 no recurring

Attachment:  Clerk of the Circuit Court Funding Certification.pdf
Attachment:  RLS Phase 1.pdf
Attachment:  A3 Manatee FRA 11-25-2014 JWR REV 12.2.2014_5059938_1_5198215_1.pdf