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Record No: CB 119599    Version: 1 Council Bill No: CB 119599
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 8/12/2019
Ordinance No: Ord 125892
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to The City of Seattle's continued use of Cascade Public Media's Capitol Hill transmission site and tower; authorizing the Director of Finance and Administrative Services to execute a 15-year lease with Cascade Public Media governing the City's continued use of the transmission site and tower for radio equipment and associated antennae; amending Ordinance 125724, which adopted the 2019 Budget; changing appropriations to various departments and budget control levels, and from various funds in the Budget; and ratifying and confirming certain prior acts; all by a 3/4 vote of the City Council.
Sponsors: Bruce Harrell
Attachments: 1. Att A - Lease Agreement - Cascade Public Media Transmission Site & Tower
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Summary Att 1 – Location of Capitol Hill Transmission Site and Tower, 3. Presentation, 4. Signed Ordinance 125892, 5. Affidavit of Publication
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to The City of Seattle's continued use of Cascade Public Media's Capitol Hill transmission site and tower; authorizing the Director of Finance and Administrative Services to execute a 15-year lease with Cascade Public Media governing the City's continued use of the transmission site and tower for radio equipment and associated antennae; amending Ordinance 125724, which adopted the 2019 Budget; changing appropriations to various departments and budget control levels, and from various funds in the Budget; and ratifying and confirming certain prior acts; all by a 3/4 vote of the City Council.
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WHEREAS, for several decades, The City of Seattle ("City") has used Cascade Public Media's (a public corporation formerly known as KCTS Television) Capitol Hill transmission site and 410-foot tall tower (both located at 1729 East Madison Street) for its operation of radios and antennae; and
WHEREAS, since 1992 the City's use of the transmission site and tower has been governed by a letter agreement by and between the City and KCTS Television; and
WHEREAS, in 2015, voters approved a ballot measure authorizing the funding of a new, upgraded regional public safety emergency radio network, commonly referred to as the Puget Sound Emergency Radio Network (PSERN); and
WHEREAS, the combination of PSERN's impact on the City's utilization of the transmission site and tower and the parties' interest in following best practices prompted the parties to negotiate a long-term lease that reflects the existing operational reality and current market conditions;
WHEREAS, pursuant to Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) subsection 3.39.010.C.4, the Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS), acting on behalf of the Seattle Information Technology Department (Seattle IT), negotiated with Cascade Public Media for a lease that will govern Seattle IT's continued use of part of the transm...

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