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Montross council productive July meeting

On July 22, Montross Town Council quickly took care of electing officers for the new fiscal year. R. David O’Dell, Jr. will remain Mayor, and Joseph P. King remains the Vice Mayor.

While reviewing the financial reports for the month of June and the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, Councilman Clinton A. Watson, Jr. noted the town’s charges for Verizon Internet and posed the possibility of getting Internet service from MetroCast instead.

Watson said that he has had some personal difficulties getting in touch with Verizon to solve his recent connection problems. Watson is exploring the option of switching to MetroCast for his personal Internet usage and felt it was worth looking into for the town.

SWITCH TOWN’S INTERNET PROVIDER?
Town Manager Brenda Reamy said although Verizon has not made FIOS available in the area, she felt the town should stay with Verizon for the time being. She feels that there are still issues with MetroCast that might cause problems for the town. Reamy said her concern was that since the town recently signed the contract with MetroCast, she doesn’t feel the company has their service established to its fullest potential.

Larry Wheaton said it would be worth looking into, but recognized the years of service the town has had from Verizon, and that the staff is used to working with them.

Watson clarified that he is not suggesting a switch right away, but to keep the option open. “Just keep it on the back burner and see what is coming down the pike.”

METROCAST’S RELATIONSHIP WITH MONTROSS
At the June Town Council meeting, Montross entered into a 15-year franchise agreement with MetroCast to supply cable service to citizens within the town limits of Montross. MetroCast installed a free connection for cable TV to the town.
Town Council is exploring using the free cable connection for civic and community group training seminars at Town Hall. The council has bought a large screen TV and is planning to buy a separate DVD player. Reamy will have cost estimates at the next meeting in August.

MAINTENANCE
After a month of no water breaks in June, July brought three breaks to service lines in Montross. Reamy said two breaks had been fixed at the time of the meeting, and the third is still being worked on.

DISPOSITION OF STREET LAMPS
Due to revitalization grant money, some street lamps from around town will be replaced. Brenda Reamy discussed the disposition of the old lamps. The council decided to try posting them on Ebay, with the recipient picking up the lamps.

Linda Farneth

 

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