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  14.       
Meeting Date: 09/19/2019  
Prepared By: Joy Simonton, General Services Manager

AGENDA SUBJECT:
Approval of Cellular Telephone and Data Service available from Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) Co-Op Contract with Verizon Wireless on an as-needed basis and authorize the Interim City Manager to execute any and all necessary documents.
BACKGROUND:
Funds are budgeted to provide certain City employees with cellular telephones and tablets as needed to meet job requirements.  Currently, the City utilizes the Verizon Wireless calling/data plans and device offerings.  As staff has grown so has the utilization of this vendor’s services with fifty-nine (59) phones and forty-nine (49) tablets.  Expenditures with Verizon Wireless now exceed Fifty Thousand ($50,000.00) Dollars per year and require City Council approval.    
 
Staff seeks City Council approval for the continued, as-needed use of this service. Currently, program pricing from the Verizon Wireless DIR Co-Op Contract is utilized which provides competitive pricing for plans and devices.  Connectivity and service levels have been acceptable to staff.
 
Local Government Code Sec. 271.012: Cooperative Purchasing Program Participation, provides that a local government that purchases goods or services under this subchapter satisfies any state law requiring the local government to seek competitive bids for the purchase of the goods or services.  DIR solicitations are posted year-round to continually seek the best pricing.  The City does not pay a fee to utilize the co-op contract pricing.  DIR Contract #DIR-TSO-3415 will be used.
 
RECOMMENDATION:
Staff respectfully recommends Council approve the purchase of Cellular Telephone and Data Service through Verizon Wireless through the DIR Co-Op contracts noted.
PRESENTER:
Joy Simonton, General Services Manager

    

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