High-speed broadband will be up and running for King William County Public Schools and county offices beginning in January.
The Lumos Network broadband project has been in the works since 2017, and the fiber-optic network is now installed down part of Route 30 and Route 360, according to Lumos Network Richmond branch director Scott Rogers.
“The service will start for the schools the first week of January,” Rogers said. “Then it will start at the county offices and court complex a few weeks after.”
Rogers said Lumos is excited for the opportunity to reach out to local businesses and organizations to provide them with high-speed internet.
Supervisor Bob Ehrhart said he’s glad the schools will now have high-speed internet, as students complete much of their work on computers.
“This will be great for our schools and businesses,” Ehrhart said. “The county is finally catching up.”
Supervisor Travis Moskalski said this project has saved the county years and millions of dollars.
“Being on the KWIC (King William Internet Connectivity) committee, we looked at so many options,” Moskalski said. “It’s finally happening for our county.”
Chairman Bill Hodges said he hopes businesses and homeowners down Route 360 will see an enhancement to their internet service.
The Lumos Networks contract will cost the schools $447,000, with an 80 percent reimbursement by the state’s e-rate reimbursement program, which is a federal program for schools to offset the costs of internet connection services; and the county will pay $50,000 to extend the service to the county offices, according to Superintendent Dr. David White and county administrator Bobbie Tassinari.
Commerce park issue
Two citizens spoke during the public comment period about road conditions and issues with the Commerce Park development.
Chris Simmons, who owns a building at Commerce Park, said the county has promised to help him with the conditions in the past.
“People can’t get in and out of the building with so many cars and stormwater,” Simmons said. “The road conditions are horrible and the development owner has not done anything and the county has said they will for years but hasn’t.”
Commerce Park tenant David Martin said there are 480 parked and unclaimed cars on two different lots there, as well as stormwater build up on the roads.
“These issues started back in 2006, and we’ve come to the county about it since then,” Martin said. “The Department of Environmental Quality said they agree there’s a problem but they can’t pull the bond for the land. The bond costs $312,000.”
Supervisors addressed their concerns later in the meeting. Moskalski said their hands have been tied since the General Assembly keeps making rules on localities pulling bonds (a construction bond in place to assure the development owner is fulfilling duties, if not the not the bond can be taken out for a price to assist those affected)
“I’m done waiting on the General Assembly to help us solve this,” Moskalski said. “We need to start closing the loops on this – this started before any of us were on the board.”
Moskalski said the parked cars are a compliance issue that the county will investigate, and that he’d like to add an agenda item for the board’s Jan. 28 meeting to discuss the matter. The rest of the board agreed.
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