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City considering fiber optic Internet

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 19th, 2013

AMBOY The Amboy City Council met on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, in the community building with Alderman Tom Nauman absent. There were 14 people in attendance for a short meeting.

There were not many items to be reported from the committees. Alderman Dewey reported that there were two meetings at the community building last month, and that the siren testing will again begin in March through October; Alderman Oester reported that the park board is waiting for better weather to start the foundation for the new building at the park; and Alderman Weidman reported that the painting of the inside of the library is finished.

The water/sewer department report indicated that two pumps were down. One was fixed but the other had to be sent out for repair.

Alderman Shaw advised that with regard to new digital meters, he has been looking into some with no moving parts, which would fit on the existing meters. He is working on pricing.

With no further committee reports, the council moved on to unfinished business, which included passing the resolution for motor fuel tax funds to cost share with the township to tar and chip one mile of Sterling Road. The council approved the motion to pass the resolution.

Under new business, Dan Payette of Blackhawk Hills gave a presentation regarding fiber optic Internet service. So far in this area, three schools, Pankhurst Memorial Library, and KSB Clinic have gone with the program. The city is considering the pros and cons of the service, as to whether it would have benefits over the existing system and the cost involved. It would be a five-year contract. No decision was made at this time.

The building inspector had no permits issued this month.

The animal control report included two dog calls.

From the audience there was some discussion regarding the procedure for ordinance violations and notices to abate.

With no further business or comments from the attorney, audience, council or mayor, the meeting was adjourned.

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