The Five Year Technology Plan was adopted by the Council earlier this fiscal year. As previously discussed, the plan called for replacing the current leased wifi system provided by Brightlan with a new city owned wifi infrastructure. Although the replacement wasn’t planned to occur until a later point in time, the City is currently paying $1500 per month to maintain the old system. Staff believes these dollars can possibly be re-purposed to advance the installation of this new system. Our technology contract partner (Liberty Technology) would like to provide a brief update and hold a general discussion with the Council on the status of this key initiative.
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In 2016, the City Attorney was authorized to retain Dan Lee, a government affairs consultant, to advocate for the City before the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, as well as to monitor and advocate for the implementation of Local Legislation on the City’s behalf. When the City contracted with Mr. Lee through the City Attorney to provide the services described, Mr. Lee was as a principal partner at his own firm, Piedmont Public Affairs, LLC (“Piedmont”). However, effective January 1, 2017, Mr. Lee has joined the firm of Freeman, Mathis, and Gary LLP (“FMG”), and Piedmont has ceased operations. Therefore, it is necessary for the City to enter into a new, separate agreement with FMG for Mr. Lee’s services, which he has continued to provide even after the transition. The term of the original contract with Piedmont was set to expire April 30, 2017, and that termination date, along with the scope of services, shall remain the same.
It is the recommendation of the City Attorney, City Manager and staff that the agreement with Freeman, Mathis, and Gary, LLC for the services of Consultant Dan Lee should be ratified.
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