Fiber-to-business and fiber-to-home communication was a hot topic at Tuesday’s Adel City Council meeting.
Council member Bryan Welch brought up discussion on the item and said he believes that businesses in Adel could benefit from using fiber because of its speed.
Eric Lampland, president of Lookout Point Communications, was on hand to explain that fiber could allow for speeds up to a billion and trillion bits per section as compared to traditional copper wire the city currently uses.
“A fiber connection to homes and businesses can allow you to do more things and be able to have more applications,” he said. “Television sets this year are at a 4,000 megabits as compared to traditional 60-80 megabits for current televisions. We are adding capacities that are outstripping the copper capacity that we have today.”
Mayor Jim Peters asked if adding fiber would mean parts of the town would be dug up.
Lampland responded that fiber is traditionally dug or placed overhead through wires.
After some discussion, the council agreed they would like to first ask the taxpayers if they are happy with their Internet service rather than take action first.
“We don’t have customers, we have taxpayers,” member Mike Haynes said. Mayor Pro Tem Jon McAvoy also was weary about the necessity of using fiber in town.
“I think there’s a business interest, but, for me, I can’t see a residential interest,” he said. Member Dale Swanson commended Welch on his passion, but also added he would not be prepared to make a decision on the item yet.
Mayor Peters ended the discussion stating the council would need to look into the issue at a later date.
• Swore in Jacqueline Janssen as the new city clerk;
• Approved a 100 percent voluntary annexation property at 30162 Meadow Road belonging to Chris and Angela Oberreuter;
• Unanimously approved the use the Raccoon River Valley Trail for snowmobile use starting November 2013 through March 2014 from the hours of 7 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. daily; • Entered into an agreement with the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) for the purpose of receiving CDBG funding for the city downtown revitalization/facade improvement project of $500,000;
• In turn, approved the Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce as project manager for the CDBG revitalization project; and,
• Discussed the hotel market study and motioned for the city’s contribution not to exceed 50 percent of $3,900 toward the study.