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Overland Park City Council OKs purchase of tables, tech equipment using CARES Act funding

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Posted at 9:17 PM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 22:21:44-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Overland Park City Council approved on Monday the use of more than $560,000 in CARES Act funding to purchase new tables at the Overland Park Convention Center and new telework equipment for public safety employees.

Both agenda items were approved unanimously.

The 500 “linenless” tables will be used at the convention center in place of the current tables to meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. The CDC recommends using nonporous surfaces that can be effectively disinfected to mitigate the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19. More than $283,000 of CARES Act funds will be used to purchase the tables from MityLite, a global manufacturer of event furniture.

Another $278,046.92 will be used to purchase mobile router equipment for public safety workers. The addition of the equipment to public safety vehicles will increase staff’s ability to work remotely, according to a staff report .

The equipment will be purchased from ConvergeOne, an information technology company.

The use of CARES Act funding means the city will later be reimbursed by the federal government for these purchases.