SILOAM SPRINGS – City managers will decide whether or not to approve a request to hire a consultant to conduct a broadband feasibility study today at the city council meeting.
At the July 20 city council meeting, city administrator Phillip Patterson announced that the Broadband Advisory Committee had determined that the next step in the process of determining whether the city should move forward with the high Municipal flow consisted of hiring a consultant to conduct a feasibility study.
According to a staff report prepared by Patterson on Thursday, the broadband advisory committee met to review a final draft RFP for a feasibility study.
Based on preliminary discussions with potential consultants, it is expected that the cost of the study will likely be between $ 50,000 and $ 65,000, the report says.
The committee recommends that the city publish the request for proposal and fund the study once a consultant has been selected, the report says.
According to the RFP, the feasibility study would include a broadband network design and cost estimate; development of business cases; an analysis of business model alternatives; an analysis of financing options; and a statistically valid resident survey as well as a survey of businesses and various stakeholders, the report says.
Responses to proposals will consist of two distinct parts: A detailed description of each item contained in the RFP and an offer for the cost of the study, the report says.
The committee will use the evaluation criteria contained in the RFP to score detailed responses, and once this is completed for each response received, the committee will score the price separately, the report says.
Once scoring is complete, the committee will make a recommendation to city council and seek funding for the study, the report said.
City managers will also hear and discuss the following:
• Introducing new police officers Cole Ellison and Connor Callahan.
• Report of the workshop of July 20.
• Minutes of the regular meeting of the municipal council of July 20.
• Memorandum of Understanding with the Siloam Springs School District regarding the hiring of School Resource Officers. The amount for agents will be $ 167,951.
• Resolution 33-21 concerning the significant development permit for 22000 Arkansas 16.
• Resolution 34-21 concerning the final development permit for blocks 21000 and 22000 of Davidson Road.
• Resolution 35-21 concerning a preliminary platform development permit for 813 Arkansas 16.
• Resolution 36-21 concerning the preliminary platform permit for the 22000 block of Davidson Road.
• Resolution 37-21 concerning the special use development permit for 300 Cordes promenade.
• Resolution 38-21 regarding the Special Use Development Permit for 302 E. Jefferson St.
• Resolution 39-21 regarding the Special Use Development Permit for 400 S. Mount Olive St.
• Resolution 40-21 concerning the significantly developed person 714 W. University St.
• Pass Order 21-14 re annexing 37.44 acres of Arkansas 59 Block 15000 for third reading.
• Adoption of ordinance 21-16 concerning the rezoning of 610 W. Tahlequah from R-2 (Medium residential) and R-3 (Two-family residential) to R-4 (Multi-family residential) on first reading.
• First reading of Ordinance 21-17 amending the town planning code with regard to private cars and medical trucks.
• Place Ordinance 21-18 amending the zoning code with regard to body art companies for first reading.
• Breakdown of extraordinary costs of GRDA winter storms.
• Financial data for June.
• Administrator’s report.