Tompkins County
New York


Appropriation from Contingent Fund to Authorize Public WiFi Internet Service and Contract




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WHEREAS, general public access to WiFi networks and the Internet is an increasingly common expectation of people, and


WHEREAS, the general public is welcomed and encouraged to participate in Tompkins County government, and


WHEREAS, participating in Tompkins County government often involves attending meetings in Tompkins County buildings and accessing services and data via the Internet, and


WHEREAS, while the County has recently made important investments in major information technology systems, which require use of the Internet to access publicly available information, data, and services, and


WHEREAS, the Department of Information Technology Services (ITS) has undertaken a review of ways the County can achieve greater efficiency, responsiveness, inter-connectedness, and security through changes in its office automation, public services, and the implementation WiFi network, and


WHEREAS, this review has determined that the functionality of the County’s current WiFi network does not provide an adequate solution to best meet the public Internet access preferences while maintaining Tompkins County IT security mandates, and


WHEREAS, the initial on-going net costs of the vendor-supplied system are expected to be approximately $10,254 annually, with likely offsetting of ITS costs over time as the ITS Department may no longer need to respond to public WiFi network connectivity requirements, and


WHEREAS, it is expected that access to these improved technological tools will also contribute to higher levels of public access to County data and services, and


WHEREAS, funds were not budgeted to provide for the proposed solution in the 2017 ITS operating budget and $5,200 is required to implement this service for the balance of 2017, and


WHEREAS, the target budget for ITS in 2018 shall be increased by $10,254, now therefore be it


RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Government Operations and the Budget, Capital, and Personnel Committees, That Tompkins County will provide public WiFi Internet access in the Legislature Chambers, the Old Jail Conference Room, the Rice Conference Room at the Public Health Department, and in the first floor waiting room of the Mental Health Building,


RESOLVED, further, That the request for contingency funding be granted to support the transition and installation of the public WiFi network system,


RESOLVED, further, That the Finance Director be and hereby is authorized to make the following adjustments to his books:

FROM: A1990.54440                            Contingent Fund                                           $ 5,200

TO:              A1680.54425                            Service Contracts                                          $ 5,200


RESOLVED, further, That the target budget for ITS in 2018 shall be increased by $10,254.