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Cedaredge will be looking at a cost of some $75,000 for its share to extend fiber optic cable to institutional anchor sites in town, according to a report to the trustees on Nov. 19.

Under the Region 10 broadband plan, fiber optic cable will be extended to a "carrier-neutral location" in the town. The other five municipalities in the county will also have the CNLs installed as part of the Region 10 infrastructure plan. The town will then have to cost share the expense of extending the fiber optic cable from the CNLs to the anchor institution sites.

Town administrator Katie Sickles said there will be six carrier-neutral sites in Cedaredge.

This phase of the Region 10 plan will not make fiber optic cable or wireless broadband access available to local business or individuals. That service is to be provided via the CNL sites by commercial businesses. As of the last Region 10 presentation to county government officials on Nov. 2, no commercial Internet service providers had committed to participate in the Region 10 plan.

The $75,000 that the town will be paying for the extensions is not budgeted. According to discussion at the Nov. 19 trustees meeting, half will need to be paid in 2016 and half in 2017.

In other business at their Nov. 19 regular meeting:

• Trustees approved a resolution for a grant application to the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) for money to rebuild the one-lane bridge at Jay Avenue.

• Trustees officially denied approval of a GOCO grant application for the Jay Avenue Bridge in favor of asking DOLA for the funds.

• The town will be conducting interviews with its top three candidates for the job of sewer plant operator. The town learned recently that it is required to hire a more highly qualified operator than had been planned. An operator with a "B" license is required instead of one with a "C" license as has been planned. The town had been given information that turned out to be wrong, town officials noted.

• The public works department reported on its maintenance and repair work at some of the town's reservoirs on Grand Mesa.

The department has also been busy with removal of tree limbs downed by recent wet snowfalls.

• Trustees report that the tennis community and the pickleball community are now getting along much better than they were in September. That is when disputes over funding for facilities and programs broke out in a point-counterpoint letter-writing campaign to the town from members of the two groups.

• Trustees appointed two new members to the tree board. They are Ella Kelly and John Buerger.

• Trustees approved the final plat for High Country Avenue Subdivision. The approval is part of the process for deeding the Surface Creek Animal Shelter property to Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control.

• Trustees approved the "administrative subdivision" of lots 1 and 2 of the Homestead Mobile Home Park subdivision and a name change to Homestead at Centennial Subdivision. During deliberations on the item, it was noted the property is owned by town administrator Katie Sickles and her husband, Dan.

• Among other items of discussion were possible extension of the Surface Creek Trail to the south; a new sign that has been erected at South Grand Mesa Drive and High Country Avenue, and a remark about the need for new members of the recreation and culture committee.

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