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October 14, 2013

TPWA trustees approve pole attachment requests

TAHLEQUAH — Tahlequah Public Works Authority trustees on Friday unanimously approved two requests to attach to the authority’s utility poles.

Eezinet Corp. and RBSC Oklahoma LLC will be allowed to attach fiber optic networks to TPWA poles for purposes of delivering broadband Internet service, primarily for businesses.

Both companies were awarded access to TPWA poles, pending approval of the parties and signing of contracts. Kelly Ross, board chair, said TPWA should have the right to determine which poles were accessible, since space for communication lines on some utility poles is limited.

Roy Choates, president and CEO of RBSC, approached the podium, saying he had a couple of words for the board, then added, “Thank you.”

In other business, the TPWA unanimously approved the renewal of the half-penny sales tax agreement with the city, and amended fee schedule for searches and copies of TPWA documents. Mike Doublehead, general manager, said the fee schedule had not been changed since 1994.

Unanimous approval was also given to purchase a backhoe for $81,234 and a CNG-powered pickup truck for $32,394. Both vehicles were purchased for the Department of Wastewater Collection.

The board heard the engineer’s report by Steve Tolar, the general manager’s report from Doublehead, the financial report by Gail Dotson and the attorney’s report from Harvey Chaffin.

WHAT’S NEXT

The next regular meeting of the Tahlequah Public Works Authority is Friday, Nov. 15, at 9 a.m.

srowley@tahlequahdailypress.com

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