Tompkins County
New York


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




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Resolution/Document Body

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.





Meeting History

May 3, 2017 3:30 PM  Government Operations Committee Regular Meeting

Mr. Potter said a formalized quote has been received based on the approach to have a contracted service for public WiFi deployment in four County buildings including Legislature Chambers, Old Jail Conference, Rice Conference Room (Public Health), and first floor lobby at the Mental Health building.

Mr. John arrived at this time.

Mr. Potter said the contract is a three-year term. Also in response to Mr. John’s question about the cost, Mr. Potter said this project is less expensive per site than the Airport because there is less volume. He further commented that with this approach the Department does not need to be involved or manage the security side of it. There will be information shared with County Departments and signs posted about the usage of the public WiFi.

A brief discussion followed concerning policy and if language about usage was necessary to be included, Ms. Younger believes the current policy would apply and covers any area of concern. Mr. Cottrell said there may need to be a need in the future to have policy language that addresses employees bringing their own equipment and using it for County business.

Mr. Mareane informed the Committee that the Department has stated in the resolution that an over-target request will be made for the 2018 budget to continue the funding for this project and the Department’s fiscal target be increased. He said the Committee could consider changing the resolution and authorize the fiscal target be adjusted accordingly for 2018 to cover this cost.

Ms. Kiefer offered several changes to the resolution that were accepted as friendly and have been incorporated into the resolution.

MOVER:Will Burbank, Member
SECONDER:Carol Chock, Vice Chair
AYES:Daniel Klein, Carol Chock, Dooley Kiefer, Rich John, Will Burbank
May 8, 2017 4:00 PM  Budget, Capital and Personnel Committee Regular Meeting
MOVER:Daniel Klein, Member
SECONDER:Glenn Morey, Member
AYES:James Dennis, Michael Sigler, Glenn Morey, Daniel Klein
EXCUSED:Leslyn McBean-Clairborne
Jun 6, 2017 5:30 PM Media Tompkins County Legislature Regular Meeting

This resolution was adopted by a short roll call vote.

MOVER:Daniel Klein, Vice Chair
SECONDER:Carol Chock, Member
AYES:Will Burbank, Carol Chock, James Dennis, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Dooley Kiefer, Daniel Klein, Michael Lane, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Martha Robertson, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Michael Sigler
EXCUSED:Peter Stein