The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

January 16, 2013

Carl Junction residents to receive survey for fiber-optic project

By Ryan Richardson

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Carl Junction residents will be receiving a survey from the city, the next step in securing funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a fiber-optic infrastructure for the city.

City Administrator Steve Lawver presented an update on the $4.2 million project Tuesday night to members of the City Council.

“This is about having everything in place for our residents to have options for high-speed Internet and other services for years to come,” Lawver said in an interview Wednesday. “Once this is built, the city will own the infrastructure, and we will be able to contract a service provider for the city. People are really limited here right now in their choices and are at the mercy of coverage by the companies that provide service out here.”

Lawver outlined the steps to this point and what comes next for the city.

“We’re past the feasibility studies and conceptual design maps,” he said. “Next is securing the funding from the USDA and getting the bid process out there to build the physical network.”

Lawver said the financing should be complete within 90 days, and the council should have bids within 30 days after that.

“Construction should take at least six to nine months after that,” he said.

Pavilion contract

THE CARL JUNCTION COUNCIL on Tuesday approved a $21,160 contract with L&M Construction to replace a pavilion at Center Creek Park that was destroyed by fire in November.