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Recommendation: establish an easement for fiber optic cable

Published 1:17pm Thursday, October 3, 2013

Fiber optic telecommunication cable across city property to the Hoot Lake Power Plant site will help result in better emergency communications, according to Fergus Falls Engineer Dan Edwards.

The Finance, Personnel and Development committee Wednesday recommended approving an easement request in order for the fiber optic installation to happen.

Park Region Telephone/Ottertail Telcom made the request, as the company is engineering future routes to expand the network throughout the city.

The project would include construction in the unopened Burdick Street right of way from Mt. Faith to the south edge of the city property adjacent to the water plant lime sludge lagoon, according to a memo from Edwards. The easement would continue to the east and north along the tree line bordering city property.

The easement would need the cable to be relocated at the utility’s cost, if required by the city, because of a future change in the land use.

Construction would begin this fall.

A future project would extend this new line to the north along the Water Plant Road to reach CSAH No. 1 (Fir Avenue).

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