Broadband meets Fall LakeBroadband, taxes, a hazardous waste dump, cell phone towers. Needless to say, the Lake County Board ran the gamut at this week’s meeting in Fall Lake – not their normal meeting place.
By: Matt Suoja, Lake County News Chronicle
Broadband, taxes, a hazardous waste dump, cell phone towers.
Needless to say, the Lake County Board ran the gamut at this week’s meeting in Fall Lake – not their normal meeting place.
Paul Bergman, chairman of the board, said the board meets at different locales throughout the year, along with Silver Bay and Little Marais.
Bergman said 20 residents from Fall Lake attended the meeting, and they had a lot to say.
When broadband was explained to them, Bergman liked the people’s reaction.
“Everyone had a big smile,” he said, when the board discussed the benefits of broadband.
The board also encouraged the people to answer the phone for a marketing survey that is currently taking place in Lake County.
A random sample of residents and businesses contacted are being asked about their current telephone, television and Internet usage, as well as their level of satisfaction with current service options.
The results will help the county board determine whether a county sponsored high-speed fiber optics network would be commercially viable.
Each interview should take less than 10 minutes and respondents are not being asked to make any commitment to purchasing services. The telephone survey of residents began June 12 and will last through June 23.
Other items discussed at the board meeting:
- Bergman told residents he expected property taxes to rise in the future. “We will try and keep as many services as we possibly can,” he said.
- Fall Lake residents were talked to about an upcoming hazardous waste drop-off event to be held in Ely. Examples of hazardous waste include items such as paint and other toxic chemicals.
- Cell phone towers were also discussed. The board told the Fall Lake residents that AT&T will be building a cell phone tower there, which will give the area much better coverage.
The board is also working on getting an AT&T tower in Finland. Commissioner Thomas Clifford, Bergman said, had been instrumental in getting strong cell coverage in Lake County.