Broadband moving forward at utility district
The Truckee Donner Public Utility District this week took another step toward providing broadband services to its Truckee customers.
The district’s board of directors on Wednesday approved a broadband risk mitigation plan to be submitted to the Nevada County Local Agency Formation Commission for approval. The board approved the plan on a four-to-one vote, with Director Pat Sutton dissenting.
The plan details where the funding for the new broadband utility will come from and ensures that money used to build the system will come from broadband revenue rather than the district’s water and electricity utilities – a requirement of LAFCo.
“The submission of the broadband risk mitigation plan was a big piece of the puzzle,” said Alan Harry, the district’s director of telecommunications. “It was really the final piece of information needed by LAFCo, so we definitely see a light at the end of the tunnel as all the pieces begin to come together.”
At the same meeting, the board also authorized the creation of three new staff positions to support the construction and maintenance of the broadband system. District managers argued that the positions should be filled soon so the three employees could be involved in the construction of the system. The positions include one foreman and two field technicians.
The measure passed with a four-to-one vote, with Sutton again dissenting.
Finally, in a separate pre-bid conference held Wednesday, district staff presented information to contractors about the bidding process for the construction of broadband infrastructure.
Approximately 50 contractors and subcontractors attended the meeting designed to answer questions about the upcoming bidding process for work on two projects related to the broadband system.
Bids for the projects will be accepted starting June 9. The district expects to award the contracts on June 16, with the work to begin no later than 180 days after the bid opening date.
The public is welcome to attend district board meetings, which occur the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 7 p.m. Meetings are held in the board room of the district headquarters building located at 11570 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. For more information see http://www.tdpud.org.
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