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Federal Way to let Auburn use its City Hall if flooding hits

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on Jan. 6, 2010 at 11:33 am with No Comments »
January 6, 2010 2:42 pm

If flooding prevents the City of Auburn from using its data systems this winter, it now has a place to go.

The Federal Way City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to let Auburn use Federal Way’s City Hall to operate its critical data systems, such as computer servers.

The agreement includes the use of 400 square feet and a fiber optic lines for Internet access at no charge for up to 30 days, said Mehdi Sadri, Federal Way’s information technology director.

The City of Auburn requested the space because of the threat that Green River Valley flooding could cause a power outage and shut down systems at Auburn’s City Hall, said Lorrie Rempher, Auburn’s information services director.

“It’s really just a disaster site for those major systems that can’t be down,” Rempher said. “We plan for the worst and expect the best.”

Auburn’s City Hall at 25 W. Main St. is about six miles east of Federal Way’s City Hall. Because Federal Way is located mostly on a hill, it doesn’t expect to be flooded.

Auburn would move servers, phones and other equipment to Federal Way, Sadri said. Several Auburn city workers also would relocate to Federal Way’s City Hall, 33325 Eighth Ave. S.

Through Federal Way’s headquarters, Auburn could use its own accounting systems, phone service, a private government network for remote Internet access, and e-mail, Rempher said.

Sadri estimated the total cost to Federal Way for the 30 days at $1,200 to 1,500. Federal Way would provide 10 to 16 hours of staff support for the 30 days, estimated at $800. The average market rental rate for the 400 square feet would be about $16 to $18 per day. Due to downsizing, Federal Way has space it isn’t using for the short-term, Sadri said.

If Auburn needs space and services longer than 30 days, Federal Way would then charge a reasonable rental fee to be agreed upon by both cities. The Federal Way council approved the agreement Tuesday night without any comment.

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