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403.39 REGIONAL RADIO BOARDS.
    Subdivision 1. Establishment. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 471.59,
subdivision 1
, requiring commonality of powers, two or more counties or a city and one or more
counties within a region defined in the statewide radio board's project plan under section 403.36,
through action of their governing bodies, by adoption of a joint powers agreement that complies
with section 471.59, subdivisions 1 to 5, may establish a regional radio board to implement,
maintain, and operate regional and local improvements to the statewide, shared, trunked radio and
communication system provided for in section 403.36. Membership in a regional radio board shall
include one county commissioner appointed by each respective county board party to the joint
powers agreement and an elected official from any city party to the joint powers agreement, and
may include additional members whose qualifications are specified in the joint powers agreement.
    Subd. 2. Powers. In addition to the powers enumerated in section 471.59, a regional radio
board, as necessary and convenient to implement regional and local improvements to the
statewide, shared, trunked radio and communication system provided for in section 403.36,
has the following powers:
(1) to establish bylaws and other organizational procedures consistent with the terms of
the joint powers agreement;
(2) to apply for and hold licenses for public safety frequencies to be used in regional and
local improvements, including a regional data system;
(3) to set or adopt regional performance and technical standards, subject to review by the
Statewide Radio Board, that do not interfere with the backbone or interoperability infrastructure
administered by the Statewide Radio Board;
(4) to enter into contracts necessary to carry out its responsibilities;
(5) to acquire by purchase, lease, gift, or grant, property, both real and personal, and interests
in property necessary for the accomplishment of its purposes and to sell or otherwise dispose of
property it no longer requires; and
(6) to contract with the state of Minnesota, through the commissioner of transportation, for
construction, ownership, operation, and maintenance of regional or local improvements to the
statewide, shared, trunked radio and communication system.
    Subd. 3. Relationship to local governments. Where a regional radio board has been
established in accordance with this section, local governments and other public entities eligible
under part 90 of the FCC rules to operate upon a statewide, shared public safety radio and
communication system within the region covered by the regional radio board must coordinate
its implementation through one of the parties to the joint powers agreement. For purposes of
grants made available by the Department of Public Safety, a regional radio board is entitled to
apply for and receive a grant on behalf of one or more counties who are a party to the joint
powers agreement.
History: 2004 c 201 s 19