403.23 Powers of the board.
Subdivision 1. General. The board has the powers necessary and convenient to discharge the duties imposed on it by law, including those listed in this section.
Subd. 2. Planning. (a) The board shall review and, within 90 days of the effective date of Laws 1995, chapter 195, adopt the regionwide public safety radio system communication plan prepared by the Metropolitan Radio Systems Planning Committee pursuant to Laws 1993, chapter 313, section 3, subdivision 2, for using the 800 megahertz and other frequencies available for public safety use. The plan must include, at a minimum:
(1) a system design recommended by the Minnesota commissioner of transportation for the first phase consisting of a shared regionwide infrastructure network;
(2) a system design for subsequent phases; and
(3) a plan for assignment of frequencies to the regional network and to each subsystem.
(b) No later than 30 days prior to adoption of the plan by the board, the board shall submit the plan to the Metropolitan Council for review in accordance with section 473.165, clause (1). The council may make comments to the board about the plan in accordance with section 473.165, clause (2), except that the deadline for comments shall be made within 30 days after submission of the plan to the council.
(c) If, within the 30-day review period, the council has made no comment on the plan or has made no findings as provided in section 473.165, clause (2), the plan shall go into effect as of the date of adoption by the board.
(d) If, within the 30-day review period, the council has made findings as provided in section 473.165, clause (2), the board and the council shall follow the procedure provided in section 473.165, clause (2). The board may adopt revisions to the plan in the same manner as is provided in this subdivision for adoption of the plan.
Subd. 3. Application to FCC. Within 180 days from adoption of the regionwide public safety radio system communication plan, the commissioner of transportation, on behalf of the state of Minnesota, shall use the plan adopted by the board under subdivision 2 to submit an extended implementation application to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the NPSPAC channels and other public safety frequencies available for use in the metropolitan area and necessary to implement the plan. Local governments and all other public or private entities eligible under part 90 of the FCC rules shall not apply for public safety channels in the 821 to 824 and 866 to 869 megahertz bands for use within the metropolitan counties until the FCC takes final action on the regional application submitted under this section. Exceptions to the restrictions on the application for the NPSPAC channels may be granted by the board. The Minnesota Department of Transportation shall hold the master system licenses for all public safety frequencies assigned to the first phase under the board's plan and these channels must be used for the implementation of the plan. The board shall hold the master system licenses for the public safety frequencies assigned to local government subsystems under the board's plan and these channels must be used for implementation of the plan. Upon approval by the board of a local government's subsystem plan and evidence of a signed contract with a vendor for construction of a subsystem consistent with the board's system plan, the board shall apply to the FCC to transfer to the local government the licenses for the public safety frequencies assigned by the plan for use in the network infrastructure owned by the local government. The board, the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and local subsystem owners shall jointly colicense all subscriber equipment for the system backbone.
Subd. 4. Plan implementation. The board shall supervise the implementation of the regionwide public safety radio system communication plan adopted under subdivision 2 and must ensure that the system is built, owned, operated, and maintained in accordance with the plan. The board will work with the region 22 NPSPAC committee to incorporate the board's adopted plan into federal communication system regulations.
Subd. 5. Required minimum level of service for local governments. Subject to system capacity and channel availability, the board shall ensure that all local governments, quasi-public service operations, and private entities in the metropolitan counties that are eligible to use radio frequencies reserved for public safety use have adequate communications capacity and intercommunications capability.
Subd. 6. Backbone and subsystems. In the regionwide public safety radio system communication plan, the board shall define the backbone consistent with the recommendations made by the commissioner of transportation and the subsystems of the system, the timing and phasing of system development, the geographic scope of the system, the timing and extent of participation in the system including participation by additional entities, and standards for system performance. System performance standards shall be developed in consultation with the commissioner of transportation. The initial backbone shall serve state and regional agencies and shall include capabilities for regionwide mutual aid and emergency medical services communications and potentially provide alternative routing for 911 services.
Subd. 7. Existing channel allocation. The board shall coordinate allocation of existing radio channels made available to the board by conversion to 800 megahertz or other public safety frequencies.
Subd. 8. Cost apportionment. The board shall determine how capital, operating, and administrative costs of the first phase system will be spread across users of the regionwide public safety radio communication system, including costs for additional participants.
Subd. 9. Excess capacity allocation. The board shall determine how excess capacity provided in the initial system design in the regionwide public safety radio communication system will be allocated.
Subd. 10. System enhancement regulation. The board shall determine the extent to which local governments, quasi-public service corporations, and private entities eligible to use the system may provide system enhancements at their own direct expense.
Subd. 11. Standards. The board is authorized to set or adopt performance and technical standards for operation of the backbone and subsystems and may modify standards as necessary to meet changing needs.
Subd. 12. Use priorities. The board shall establish priorities or protocols for use of the system.
Subd. 13. First phase construction. In order to implement the first phase backbone, the board shall contract with the state of Minnesota, through the commissioner of transportation for construction, ownership, operation, maintenance, and enhancement of these elements of the first phase backbone as defined in the plan. The commissioner, under appropriate state law, shall contract for, or procure by purchase or lease (including joint purchase and lease agreements), construction, installation of materials, supplies and equipment, and other services as may be needed to build, operate, and maintain the first phase system network. In accordance with the terms of the contract entered into with the radio board under this subdivision, the Department of Transportation will own, operate, and maintain those elements identified by the radio board in the plan as the first phase. The state will finance and pay for its share of the first phase.
Subd. 14. Executive director. The board may employ and fix the duties and compensation of an executive director who shall supervise the implementation of the plan including the design, ownership, construction, and operation of the first phase system and shall administer the business affairs of the board. The executive director is eligible for membership in the Minnesota State Retirement System. Until funds to administer the board become available under subdivision 19, the Metropolitan Council shall provide to the board an executive director who will be a staff member of the council. The executive director shall serve at the pleasure of the board.
Subd. 15. System use by nongovernmental entities. The board may contract with entities in the metropolitan counties eligible to use the public safety channels other than local governments, to provide them with public safety radio communication service. The board may contract with eligible jurisdictions and entities outside the metropolitan counties for inclusion in the regionwide public safety radio communication system.
Subd. 16. Minutes of board meetings. The board shall keep proper minutes of all its proceedings which shall be open to public inspection at all reasonable times.
Subd. 17. Accounting. The board shall keep proper and adequate books of accounts showing all its receipts and disbursements by date, source, and amount. The board must be audited at least once each year. The board may elect to be audited by a certified public accountant or by the state auditor.
Subd. 18. Insurance. The board may obtain suitable, proper, and adequate public liability and workers' compensation insurance and other insurance as it deems necessary, including but not limited to, insurance against the liability of the board or its officers and employees for personal injury or death and property damage or destruction, with the force and effect stated in chapter 466, and against risks of damage to or destruction of any of its facilities, equipment, or other property.
Subd. 19. User fees. In accordance with the plan authorized in subdivision 2, the board may establish and impose user fees on entities using the first phase system to cover the board's costs of implementing the plan and the costs of operating the first phase system in the metropolitan area. The Metropolitan Council will collect the user fees.
Subd. 20. Technical Operations Committee. The board shall establish a Technical Operations Committee composed of representatives of the following functional categories to advise it in carrying out its purposes:
(1) Minnesota Department of Public Safety;
(2) Minnesota Department of Transportation;
(5) fire protection;
(6) emergency medical service;
(7) public works;
(8) civil defense;
(9) Metro 911 Telephone Board;
(10) entities using 800 megahertz prior to initiation of the regional system;
(11) managers or purchasing agents possessing expertise from a general perspective;
(12) representatives of local units of government; and
(13) regionwide public safety radio communication system users.
The members of the Technical Operations Committee serve without compensation. The chair of the Technical Operations Committee is an ex officio member of the radio board.
Subd. 21. Contracts. The board may enter into contracts necessary to carry out its responsibilities.
Subd. 22. Property. The board may acquire by purchase, lease, gift, or grant, property, both real and personal, and interests in property necessary for the accomplishment of its purposes and may sell or otherwise dispose of property which it no longer requires.
Subd. 23. Gifts; grants. The board may apply for, accept, and disburse gifts, grants, or loans from the United States, the state, or from any person for any of its purposes. It may enter into an agreement required for the gifts, grants, or loans and may hold, use, and dispose of money or property received according to the terms of the gift, grant, or loan.
Subd. 24. Authority to litigate. The board may sue and be sued.