Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - May 6, 2014
REVISED May 6, 2014 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #40

Suncoast Regional Communications Network - Interlocal Agreement between Sarasota County and Manatee County

Briefing Provided Upon Request

Contact and/or Presenter Information

Paul Alexander
I.T. Director
Telephone: 941-745-3737
E-Mail: paul.alexander@mymanatee.org

Wilfredo Miranda
Radio Division Manager
Telephone: 941-799-1211
E-Mail: wilfredo.miranda@mymanatee.org

Action Requested

Authorization for the Chairman of the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners to sign an Interlocal Agreement with Sarasota County for the creation of the “Suncoast Regional Communications Network,” a regional 800-MHz public safety radio system.

Enabling/Regulating Authority

The concept of Regional Public Safety Radio was approved and adopted by the Board of County Commissioners on May 8, 2012. 

Background Discussion

On June 18, 2013, the Board of County Commissioners approved Manatee County to participate with Sarasota County to engage consulting services related to the regional public safety radio project.

Through a competitive RFP process, RCC Consultants, Inc., was selected to assist with the design of a regional radio network to serve both counties at a cost not to exceed $100,000, such costs to be shared equally between the counties.

Public safety communications staff from both counties, in collaboration with current radio system users, has developed a proposed interlocal agreement to govern a joint procurement process, cost-sharing, installation, operation, and maintenance of a regional 800-MHz P25 public safety radio system to serve both counties.

A formal RFP to procure the new system is being prepared for June 2014 advertisement.

Manatee County's share of the cost of the new system will be funded through financing (bonds or loan) for a term based on the expected life of the system.    Annual debt service will be budgeted as part of the FY 2014/15 budget process and will need to come primarily from general revenue sources.

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

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Please return two executed original agreements to Wilfredo Miranda, Radio Division Manager, Information Technology Department.  One fully executed agreement will be returned to Board Records following execution by Sarasota County.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  Communication Network Interlocal Agreement 2014.pdf
Attachment:  RLS 14-017 - Regional Communications Netwiork Interlocal Agmt.pdf
Attachment:  sarasota_manatee P25 present FINAL.pdf