The Orchard City Town Board agreed on award of a contract for water line work in the Pheasant Run Subdivision to Kissner General Contractors during its April 10 meeting.
Kissner was the low bidder at $86,163. Before voting unanimously to award the job to the local company, trustees discussed whether they should rely on a standard contract document form supplied by its insurance carrier without having it reviewed by the town attorney.
Trustees' concerns stem from a recent consulting project that failed, in part because of contract disputes and which ultimately cost the town $10,000.
Trustee Jan Gage noted that there had been one "problem" already with the standard contract document on the Pheasant Run project, a problem that had to be "worked through."
Trustees also discussed the ideas of getting a "blanket approval" from the attorney for the standard contract document; of having every town contract reviewed by the attorney; and of submitting contracts only above a certain dollar amount to the attorney for review.
In other business at its April 10 regular meeting, the Orchard City Board of Trustees also considered a proposal which could improve broadband Internet service in Delta County.
The trustees will take some time to decide whether to endorse a concept that aims to make upgraded broadband Internet service available throughout Delta County and that promises to do so at lower cost than is currently available.
The town board balked at an outright endorsement of the idea which was proposed by board members of the Delta County Economic Development group (DCED) at the trustees' meeting on April 10.
The reason for taking a wait-and-see approach was due to unspecified possible cost to the town. The board decided to let Mayor Don Suppes discuss the idea with others involved in the concept and report back to the board in May.
The presentation was made by DCED board members Tom Huerkamp and John Gavan. Their presentation plan is to take local fiber-optic feed lines off of an existing fiber-optic main that runs through the county and use that to provide broadband service.
The fiber-optic cable running through the county extends from Grand Junction to Albuquerque. It is carried on local power line supports owned by DMEA and Tri-State.
DMEA also has ownership in part of the fiber-optic cable and its large information- carrying capacity. The cable dates back to a DMEA project begun around 1999 but later abandoned.
The DMEA board of directors is currently considering a proposal to extend lateral lines from the main fiber-optic cable to each of its substations serving Delta County municipalities. DMEA could use increased information provided by the extensions for its "smart grid" management operations. As a part of that proposal, access might possibly be provided to local internet service providers at the substation point of access, a DMEA official explained to the DCI.
According to the presentation made by Huerkamp and Gavan to Orchard City's trustees, if part of the carrying capacity of the fiber-optic extensions was made available to local public access, an enterprise of an unspecified type would have to step in to provide the actual data link from the substation access to the public end users.
The DCED proposal was not specific on what private business or other entity would actually provide that final link to end users. And, whether there could be any cost to local communities for infrastructure installation, support or maintenance was another unknown that gave the Orchard City trustees pause before actually endorsing the concept.
Huerkamp said that DCED would send a letter to DMEA endorsing the idea of the utility extending its fiber-optic to local substations. Other local governments are being asked to send letters endorsing the idea also.blog comments powered by Disqus