Updates and outcomes from MARC's June Board meetings

Jul 01, 2022
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The Museum at Prairiefire in Overland Park, Kansas, features a colorful entrance.
  • Regional response to Amtrak derailment: The Board was briefed on the role that the regional Health Care Coalition, supported by MARC and its local partners, served in coordinating hospitals in the Kansas City region and beyond in accepting a portion of the medical emergencies resulting from the Amtrak derailment in central Missouri.

Please note the MARC Board of Directors will not meet in July. The Board will reconvene Tuesday, Aug. 23.

At the MARC Budget and Personnel Committee meeting on June 28, attendees heard reports on:

  • MARC remodeling project: Committee members advanced the MARC office renovation project by approving a contract with general contractor GPS-KC for $693,141. GPS-KC will remodel new space leased on the 4th floor, areas of the third floor and parts of the second floor. GPS-KC was selected from three contractors through an RFP issued on June 1. The renovation is the next step in MARC’s partnership with Odimo Architects to improve the efficiency and use of the office space.
  • Security grant: The committee positioned the region to enhance preparedness by authorizing an application for a $1.5 million Urban Area Security Initiative grant. The federal grant program began after Sept. 11 to help designated cities prevent and respond to acts of terrorism. Eligibility to apply for funds is determined each year and Kansas City was among 36 eligible locations. The region proposes using grant funding for intelligence sharing and analysis, cybersecurity, technical rescue capabilities and other needs.
  • 911 upgrade: Committee members strengthened regional 911 capabilities by approving a $180,000 agreement with Unite Private Networks to provide redundant fiber connections to public service answering points (PSAPs) in Independence, Lee’s Summit and Sugar Creek. This redundancy ensures there are two pathways into each PSAP for 911 calls—so if one method of connection fails, the other connection can deliver the 911 call.