Hayden officials to review Internet infrastructure

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— The Hayden Town Council on Thursday is expected to hear from an EAGLE-Net representative about the future of high-speed Internet access in the town.

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Hayden Town Council meeting

  • Thursday, October 17, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
  • Hayden Town Hall, Hayden, CO
  • All ages / Free

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EAGLE-Net has been working with more than $100 million in federal funds to help connect rural communities in Colorado and specifically schools. Steamboat Springs and Moffat County are among 29 school districts listed as priority projects in 2013.

Although the Hayden School District will not be directly linked this year, some proposed work that will be considered by the Town Council on Thursday could allow for connectivity in the future.

“There are a few long-term benefits,” Town Manager David Torgler said Wednesday.

The Town Council will hear staff reports beginning at 7 p.m. at Hayden Town Hall. The regular meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.

The proposal from EAGLE-Net will not cost the town any money. EAGLE-Net wants to install an equipment cabinet in back of Hayden Town Hall. The cabinet then would be linked to a fiber optic station on South Walnut Street.

In the near future, the town will work with EAGLE-Net to install conduit going up to Hospital Hill. The conduit would be laid during a scheduled sewer replacement project. Once the conduit is laid to Hospital Hill, EAGLE-Net will build a communication tower that can be used by multiple Internet carriers. According to EAGLE-Net, this would benefit residents because it would require the providers to offer competitive pricing.

The Hayden School District also could take advantage of the infrastructure in the future. Superintendent Mike Luppes said Wednesday that the school district would be exploring future options to increase bandwidth at the school.

“We think we have some good, fairly inexpensive alternatives to look at,” Luppes said.

In exchange for paying the permit fees to install the equipment behind Hayden Town Hall, EAGLE-Net has proposed providing Internet service to Hayden Town Hall for 10 years. That is valued at $748 per month.

In addition to the EAGLE-Net discussion, the Town Council will consider adopting an updated personnel policy, and police officer Erik Foster will take the oath of office. An executive session also is scheduled for the purpose of “determining positions relative to matters that may be subject to negotiations, developing strategy for negotiations and/or instructing negotiators.”

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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Comments

Scott Wedel 1 year, 2 months ago

Eric Foster as a Hayden police officer? Seriously? Hayden is okay with how he acted as an Oak Creek police officer and with his time at Stagecoach state park?

Maybe those personnel files are sealed, but it wouldn't take much investigating to find people with disturbing encounters with him. The person that feels he was horribly treated for walking his dog without a lease at Stagecoach is still around. And so on.

I lost any confidence in him as a peace officer when, in a public forum, the fiancee of a highway patrol officer said she was offended that he told her fiancee shouldn't want to marry someone like her. And Foster apologized for saying it. You have to be messed up in the head to make that sort of comment to anyone and to say that while acting as a peace officer shows a fundamental character flaw incompatible with being a police officer.

I hope Hayden has good insurance because the town has no excuse of being surprised that he has issues.

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