Central Manitoulin okays fibre installations

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CENTRAL MANITOULIN—High speed internet for some residents of Mindemoya took a huge step forward this week following the passage of a motion at Central Manitoulin municipal council authorizing the municipality’s CAO to enter into an agreement with ISP Eastlink to install fibre optic cable underground on Lakeshore Road and Ketchankookem Trail.

The motion came with a number of considerations in addition to the original agreement between the town and the internet service provider.

Those stipulations include that Eastlink would be responsible for removing and/or moving and reconstruction (put back) any fibre conduit and fiber optics in the case any future major municipal construction work including, but not limited to: road maintenance/upgrades, potential sewer and water installations; prior to the project the roads superintendent and a representative of the installation contractor, KG Reid, will stake the culverts and locations for the fiber optics; a more detailed reinstatement clause will be added regarding replacing to original where compaction and other factors are clearly listed; any property owners’ water lines be considered of equal importance to any other portion of project and locating water services, the depth and placement of fiber cable and care and replacement of these water lines if damaged, pay all expenses incurred while making an installation, to restore said property to its original condition or better upon completion of installation; and finally that any property owners’ driveways, fences, mailboxes, garbage boxes and any other property be considered of equal importance to any other portion of project, the depth and placement of fiber cable, pay all expenses incurred while making an installation, to restore said property to its original condition or better upon completion of installation.”

The motion to enter into the agreement was moved by Councillor Derek Stephens and Councillor Rose Diebolt. Councillor Steven Shaffer requested that the reference to a specific employee of KG Reid be removed in favour of a generic reference to an employee of the company.