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File #: 19-214    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Consent Item Status: Passed
File created: 4/15/2019 In control: City Council/Public Finance and Economic Development Authority/Parking Authority
On agenda: 5/20/2019 Final action: 5/20/2019
Title: SUBJECT: Approval of First Amendment to the Townsend Public Affairs, Inc. Contract, Extending the Contract for an Additional Two-Year Term for Legislative Affairs Advocacy and Consulting Services for an Annual Amount of $60,000 REPORT IN BRIEF Consider the approval of the First Amendment the Townsend Public Affairs, Inc. contract, extending the term of the agreement for an additional two years for Legislative Affairs Advocacy and Consulting Services for an annual Amount of $60,000. RECOMMENDATION City Council - Adopt a motion approving the First Amendment to the Townsend Public Affairs, Inc., contract and authorizing the City Manager or the Assistant City Manager to execute the necessary documents.
Attachments: 1. Townsend Public Affairs Contract.pdf, 2. First Amendment to Townsend Public Affairs Contract.pdf, 3. 2018-19 Legislative Platform
Report Prepared by: Mike Conway, Assistant to the City Manager

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SUBJECT: Approval of First Amendment to the Townsend Public Affairs, Inc. Contract, Extending the Contract for an Additional Two-Year Term for Legislative Affairs Advocacy and Consulting Services for an Annual Amount of $60,000

REPORT IN BRIEF
Consider the approval of the First Amendment the Townsend Public Affairs, Inc. contract, extending the term of the agreement for an additional two years for Legislative Affairs Advocacy and Consulting Services for an annual Amount of $60,000.

RECOMMENDATION
City Council - Adopt a motion approving the First Amendment to the Townsend Public Affairs, Inc., contract and authorizing the City Manager or the Assistant City Manager to execute the necessary documents.

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ALTERNATIVES
1. Approve, as recommended by staff; or,
2. Approve, subject to other than recommended by staff (identify specific findings and/or conditions amended to be addressed in the motion); or,
3. Deny; or,
4. Refer to staff for reconsideration of specific items (specific items to be addressed in the motion); or,
5. Continue to a future meeting (date and time to be specified in the motion).

AUTHORITY
Charter of the City of Merced, Section 200.

CITY COUNCIL PRIORITIES
As provided for in the 2019-20 Adopted Budget.

DISCUSSION
During the FY 2017-18 Budget discussion, the City Council expressed the need for having legislative advocacy and consulting services. As a result, City staff issued an RFP soliciting bids for services that further advanced the Council's Goals and Priorities and the recently adopted Legislative Platform, (see attached document). At the end of the RFP process, the City contracted with Townsend Public Affairs, Inc. of Newport Beach, CA, for those services, signing a two-year contract ending June 30, 2019 for an annual amount of $60,000.

Townsend Public Affairs, Inc. has offices in Sacramento, Washington, D.C., Fresno, Oakland, and Newport Beach. It pro...

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