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File #: 180355.    Version: Name:
Type: Staff Recommendation Status: Passed
File created: 9/6/2018 In control: City Commission
On agenda: 8/1/2019 Final action: 8/1/2019
Title: State Lobbying and Advocacy Services for the City of Gainesville and Gainesville Regional Utilities (B)
Attachments: 1. 180355A_State Lobbying Contract_20190801, 2. 180355B_Amendment 1 to State Lobbying Contract_20190801, 3. 180355C_Amendment 2 to State Lobbying Contract_20190801

Title

State Lobbying and Advocacy Services for the City of Gainesville and Gainesville Regional Utilities (B)

 

Explanation

On October 1, 2017, the City retained the services of Peebles, Smith and Matthews, Inc. for state lobbying and advocacy services in Tallahassee, FL, in connection with matters concerning the City on behalf of its General Government and its Utility. The current agreement for State of Florida lobbying and advocacy services will end on September 30, 2019.

 

The consultant provides lobbying and advocacy services and monitors important legislative matters that could affect the city in areas of housing, utilities, water projects, economic redevelopment, transportation, and other areas. Staff believes it is in the best interest of the City to renew the contract for one additional year; the period of October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020.

 

Fiscal note

Consultant services not-to-exceed $36,000 or 50% of annual contract for the City's General Government; and a maximum amount not-to-exceed $36,000 or 50% of annual contract for

Gainesville Regional Utilities, for a combined maximum amount not to exceed $72,000. Approved travel costs shall be billed monthly and shall not exceed three (3) percent of the total contract. Funding has been identified in the Proposed FY 2020 Budget by General Government and its Utility.

 

Recommendation

The City Commission renew the contract with Peebles, Smith and Matthews, Inc. for fiscal year 2020.

 




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