County officials endorse Internet access agreement
Carbon/Emery Telcom and the county commission agreed to enter into a contract that will expand the telecommunications provider's service area and solve a communications issue related to the ambulance garage.
Carbon lawmakers told the company that the county would be amenable to the proposal at a commission meeting on Sept. 21. The agreement will provide the company with a 40-by-40-foot parcel in the county's industrial park area.
Carbon/Emery Telcom will construct a 11-by-17-foot building where it plans to house the company's equipment.
Carbon/Emery Telcom said at the commission meeting the site is more favorable than what the company would normally consider.
As a telecommunications provider, Carbon/Emery Telcom has the ability to use the right-of-way established by roads and highways.
However, Utah Highway 10, which runs adjacent to the industrial park, is used more as time goes on and could be widened to compensate that traffic growth.
The communications provider said the company prefers a permanent location that isn't threatened by the potential expansion of the highway.
The facility would be used to house equipment necessary for high-speed Internet connections and facilitate a fiber-optics cable upgrade in the region.
Connections will be used not only by businesses located in the industrial park, but by areas in southwest Carbon County that are currently unable to receive high speed Internet access.
In return for the property exchange, the telecommunications provider said it will provide the county with a fiber-optic cable connection that will link the county ambulance garage to the communications relay station at Four Mile Hill.
That obstacle was one of the difficulties that the county faced when commissioners decided to purchase land near Tram Electric on Airport Road. In May, elected officials approved the purchase of the land, citing that it had significant advantages as far as location over other options.
The most significant drawback to the purchase was related to communications with the radio communications relay station on Four Mile Hill, where communications from the state public safety dispatch are broadcast.
A hill southwest of the proposed location for the ambulance garage sits squarely between the the Airport Road property and Four Mile Hill.
The deal brokered by the county and Carbon/Emery Telcom will allow the ambulance garage to bypass that obstacle and provide a direct high-speed communications connection between the communications relay and the ambulance garage.
Frank Brady, the county's communications and television supervisor, said at the meeting that he had spoken with the county's planning director, Dave Levanger, regarding the matter. Brady said the planning office had shown a favorable response to the idea, but would prefer that the building were fenced and gated. Carbon/Emery Telcom agreed that a fence and gate would be appropriate.
County commissioners did not sign an agreement at the meeting, but said they would be favorable to signing one at a later date.