• Danville to finish fiber-optics loop

    December 07, 2011 No comments

    The Danville town council approved an engineering contract for the completion of its fiber-optics loop during Monday’s meeting.

    Banning Engineering will conduct a study to determine field locations of buried utilities, storm and sewer crossings, and other critical items, as well as public rights of way and parcel lines. They’ll also coordinate meetings with town officials and public utility representatives.

    The contract is for $16,700.

    Town Manager Gary Eakin said Danville officials started work on a fiber-optics loop years ago. It was never finished due to lack of funds.

    The loop, which stretches from the public works department on Broadway Street to Mill Street to Indiana Street to the Danville Public Library, is finally being completed for a public-private partnership between the town and Connexities for wireless service. Once complete, Eakin said the fiber-optics ring will create a redundancy.

    Once the engineering study is complete, officials hope to have contractors in place to finish the project this spring.

    The town council approved a $189,410 contract with Connexities earlier this year for wireless service. Initially, Internet and telephone are being offered even to residents outside of town limits. Current rates are $19.95 a month for phone and $24.95 a month for Internet. Gary Charles, president of Connexities, previously told the council that other features like TV and movie rentals could be added if demand is there.

    Council President Jeff Martin reported that about 70 residents have signed up for the service so far.

    In other town business, the council approved a 2 percent raise for all town employees. The increase was approved by the clerk-treasurer and all department heads beforehand.

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