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Ponca City Commission approves ice-skating rink and new 2-way radio communications equipment


Under New Business at Monday’s meeting, the City Commission approved a resolution by the Board of Commissioners of the City of Ponca City, Oklahoma pledging $25,000.00 from the Hotel/Motel Tax Fund for the purchase of a synthetic ice-skating rink to be operated by Ponca City Main Street as a tourist attraction to be combined with funds received from T-Mobile in the amount of $50,000.00.

At the regularly scheduled City Commission Work Session held on Monday, April 4, 2022 the City Commission received information from Ponca City Main Street staff in regards to them having received a grant in the amount of $50,000.00 from T-Mobile to purchase a synthetic ice-skating rink.

The City partnered with Ponca City Main Street in the form of a pledge, as stated in this resolution, in the amount of $25,000.00 from the Hotel/Motel Tax fund to promote tourism within Ponca City.

These funds will be used to help in the purchase of the synthetic ice-skating rink. Main Street is working with other community members to raise operational funds as well as to launch this project during the upcoming Christmas Holiday Season.

The City Commission also approved purchasing new 2-way radio communications equipment, to include software, hardware, programming, installation, training and first year support from Motorola Solutions, through BearCom Inc. in the amount of $281,051.10.

This is a planned upgrade of the dispatch radio communications system, timed to coincide with moving into the new Police Station and dispatch center.

BearCom Inc. is the current vendor and equipment/software pricing is all part of H-GAC (Cooperative Purchasing Program) Contract # RA05-21.

BearCom Inc. will receive, program, deliver and install the equipment, as well as train dispatchers regarding the new software and equipment.

The price quoted of $281,051.10 is a turnkey solution and the funds sources is the Public Safety Sales Tax.