The City of Metropolis has entered a pole attachment licensing agreement with Quad State Internet, LLC.
The city council approved the agreement at its meeting Monday, May 9. Ward 2 alderman Brian Anderson was absent.
“We appreciate you guys working on getting that adopted so we can start the process of our build out for the City of Metropolis,” said Preston Ursini, the director of network operations with Quad State Internet.
“Depending on the individual pole approval as we go through that with Public Works and the city, we hope to start building out immediately, and you should start seeing the benefit of that rapidly. It’s a good step for the city and for everybody involved. We look forward to working with David (Christian, owner of Metro Service Center) and everybody else. We want to start our investment here and make ourselves available to the community.”
The agreement allows the Paducah-based business to attach its fiber optic infrastructure to city-owned poles for a fee so it can begin offering fiber optic services to the city. Ursini said in Metropolis, the company is looking to build out residential and commercial services.
“There’s a lot of long-term economic development for the City of Metropolis and a lot of other things long-term that we can look at. There’s a lot of advantages we can see with the City of Metropolis. We want to communicate to everybody within the Quad State region to help business development anywhere we’re deploying fiber optic services, there’s a huge mutual benefit with that,” Ursini said during the council’s April 25 Industrial Committee meeting.
“There are also things we can assist the city with from information security to cameras around the city. This is the first step of many in establishing the Quad State inside Metropolis … Already, people’s internet in Metropolis is getting better because of what we’ve already done with Metro Service Center (which is the company’s point of contact and customer service office in Metropolis). A lot of other nice things will start to happen once the fiber optic facilities start going.”
One of those things includes the monitoring of the city’s electric substation from the electric department’s new Public Works location.
Mayor Don Canada explained that through the agreement, Quad State will provide internet to all city-owned buildings, security cameras at various locations and lease the fiber lines the city doesn’t use in exchange for maintaining the entire system.
“There’s a lot to it that will benefit us,” Canada said during that April 25 meeting. “The camera system will give us another tool.”
As the mercury inches upward, so does the date for the Metropolis City Pool opening.
Canada announced the pool opening will be on Memorial Day, May 30, at noon. In celebration, entry will be free all day and, from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., or until supplies run out, the Metropolis police and fire departments will provide hot dogs, chips and drinks at no charge.
During the council’s April 25 meeting, the city announced the pool’s hours have been extended two hours daily — from noon until 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-7 p.m. on Sunday.
The council had a few items of business during its meeting on Monday:
• Approved the closure of Vienna Street between Seventh and Eighth streets from noon to 4 p.m. Monday, June 20, for a Juneteenth block party hosted by First Missionary Baptist Church.
• After opening the one bid received, adopted an ordinance authorizing sale of municipally owned real estate at 122 Lindsay St. to Justin Lange for $750.
• Approved seeking bids for the sale of 1021 E. Seventh St.
• And, approved a motion to proceed with the purchase and financing of an electric bucket truck upon terms presented.
Under new business, Ward 4 alderman Chad Lewis commended all departments in the city, especially the city’s police, fire and first responders, for their response to the several events that occurred Monday, May 2.
“Last Monday was chaotic and I got to see part of that first hand — they had a fire that morning, a car chase and numerous call-outs the entire day. They were busy. My hat’s off. Thank you,” Lewis said.
The second citywide cleanup week for 2022, sponsored by Bulldog, will be held next week, May 16-20.
Canada reminded everyone that National Police Week begins Sunday, May 15. The observance was proclaimed in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy to pay special recognition to law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
“We ask you keep all of our Gold Star families in your thoughts and prayers,” Canada said.
The council’s next regular meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, May 23.