Pataha fiber internet project in final phase


December 29, 2022

POMEROY–The Port of Garfield Commissioners discussed the Broadband Fiber-to-the-Home projects that have been in progress and the lease with Columbia Pulp according to the minutes of their meeting on December 20.

The Pataha fiber project is still being tested, but once testing is complete the internet providers will begin connecting customers. Further study is being conducted on the Northeast Garfield County project since the over budget bids discussed at the Port's December 6 meeting were submitted. Further action on the project is pending.

The Port has been asked to convene a Broadband Action team in Garfield County, but the commissioners declined to be the lead agency, citing limited resources and many other areas of need. They will be involved, but prefer not to put all resources toward fiber internet projects.

The lease of building space to Columbia Pulp expires January 6. The commissioners are willing to extend it for three-months. Any lease beyond that time will be re-evaluated.

In further business, Port Manager Diana Ruchert announced that the Port office will be closed Friday, December 23 and Monday, December 26, for Christmas, as well as the next two Fridays, December 30 and January 6.

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