Tower space lease on the table for board
PLYMOUTH — Plymouth's Board of Public Works and Safety will consider Internet possibilities for the city.
Space on both city water towers and the Plymouth Fire Department tower were opened to companies to provide proposals for use.
City Attorney Nelson Chipman reported that Fourway Computer Products, D.C. Tech, Frontier Communications.com and Northern Indiana Tech Inc. were provided with specifications and invitations to bid on the space.
Fourway and D.C. Tech Solutions provided proposals for the space to the board.
Fourway put forward a proposal to provide the Plymouth Fire Department with free WIFI service and also pay $50 a month for a spot on the department's tower. They declined to bid on space on the city’s two water towers.
D.C. Tech put forward a proposal to provide free WIFI Internet to all city of Plymouth offices within the service area of the three towers — the City Building, Water and Sanitary Departments, Street Department, Park Department — and also supply limited free WIFI to the downtown Plymouth area.
In return, the company would have space for its equipment on both city water towers and the fire department tower.
The board voted to take the proposal under advisement. Chipman said that the city would review the proposals to make a recommendation at the next meeting for the board's review.
Under consideration for the review will be the different internet needs of each department in the city and the economic impact. A public hearing in conjunction with that recommendation will be held at the board's next meeting. Chipman said that by next week the recommendation would be made public to allow for input at the hearing.