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File #: 13-1558    Version: 1 Name: 1/6/14 Authorize City Admin to Enter into Cell Antennae Agreements
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 1/6/2014 In control: City Council
On agenda: 1/6/2014 Final action: 1/6/2014
Enactment date: 1/6/2014 Enactment #: R-14-001
Title: Resolution to Authorize the City Administrator to Enter into License Agreements for Third Party Cellular Antennae Facilities on City Properties
Title
Resolution to Authorize the City Administrator to Enter into License Agreements for Third Party Cellular Antennae Facilities on City Properties
Memorandum
Since the late 1990s the City has entered into license agreements with cellular service providers to install antennae and related equipment on City properties. Although Nextel has decommissioned one site and will soon be decommissioning another site, the City has entered into license agreements with five other providers for 15 other locations, which now include the City’s water towers on Manchester and Plymouth Roads, the City’s water treatment plant, and two parking structures (Forest Street and Ann-Ashley).

Changes in technology require the providers to upgrade and replace their equipment relatively frequently, often requiring an amendment to the terms of the license agreements. Each request to replace equipment or install new equipment requires engineering review before the installation can be approved. Because the annual license fee under every license agreement now exceeds $25,000.00, City Council approval is required both of the initial agreements and any amendments to those agreements that result in a change in the license fees.

To serve their customers, the cellular providers generally wish to move forward with installation as quickly as possible following the City’s engineering review and approval. However, the inherent delay in the process to then bring a license agreement or amendment to Council for approval adds time that is counter to the providers’ and the City’s interest in better service to their cellular customers who live and work in Ann Arbor;

This resolution authorizes the City Administrator to enter into the license agreements and amendments to license agreements without City Council approval, which will streamline the approval process. Approval of the resolution is recommended.
Staff
Prepared by Abigail Elias, Chief Assistant City Attorney
Reviewed by Craig Hupy, Public Serv...

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