Partnership could bring better Internet access

EAST LIVERPOOL – The city could be partnering with other entities in an effort to bring wireless and fiber optic opportunities to the area.

At a meeting Friday of City Council’s finance committee, Service-Safety Director Ryan Estell presented a memorandum of understanding between the county Port Authority, village of Wellsville, Edutech Corridor, Agile Network Builders and the city regarding filing an application for a Local Government Innovative Fund Grant.

According to Estell, the Port Authority is seeking the grant to help explore the possibilities of the project, which would be completed in a couple of phases, blanketing the area with high-speed Internet service if found to be a viable project.

“Basically, it’s the city supporting the project,” Estell said of the memorandum.

The committee agreed to forward it for council’s consideration at its Monday meeting.

Also forwarded to council was an ordinance authorizing the purchase of a 2014 Ford Explorer from Grand Ford at a cost of $26,485 for use as a police cruiser.

The cost will be paid from the capital improvements fund, and Chairman Sherrie Curtis said some loans will be paid off this year, so there will be “no problem making the payments” on the new cruiser.

The price includes the cost of equipping the cruiser, which is the same model currently being used by the police department.