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Approval delayed for O’Fallon fiber-optic line to connect city facilities

At the request of O’Fallon city staff, the second reading and vote for passage of a bill [No. 7194] authorizing a fiber optics lease agreement with Everstram Solutions, LLC has been tabled until the City Council meeting on June 25.  The reason for the delay is to obtain updated, final contract language from the proposed vendor prior to a vote.

The agreement proposes leasing 24-strand fiber-optics cable from Everstream to connect city hall to the Justice Center, Renaud Center, Environmental Services building, Dames Park, a small city building/salt dome on Glengate Estates Drive near Feise Road, and Westhoff Park. The lease’s 10-year total cost would be $455,000.

O’Fallon Information Technology Director Paul Huff has said this arrangement will upgrade city communications at considerably less cost than other options. 

At its May 28 meeting, the council had conducted a first reading for the bill, which also proposes a permanent easement for Everstream to run a 24-strand fiber optic cable through Westhoff Park; the cable will be buried.

As part of this proposal, the council approved Resolution No. 05-28-2020B on May 28 by a vote of 10- 0, authorizing agreements with Everstream for the leased fiber network, for an amount not to exceed $455,000.  The agreements will be executed assuming the vote for passage on Bill No. 7194 are successful.

Mid Rivers Newsmagazine published a detailed story about this on May 29.

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