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Salida city staff are recommending contracting with Colorado Central Telecom for the installation of a private single-strand fiber optic internet connection between several city locations, according to the agenda packet for the 6:00 p.m. March 5 meeting of the Salida City Council.

Currently, The City of Salida’s LAN is connected using fixed wireless internet, due to fiber optic being unavailable when the LAN was built out. City department programs are run from a main server within the Touber Building, and connection to the server is vital for programs across the city to succeed, according to the agenda packet.

Six city municipal facilities will be connected to a “private network of single-strand, single mode fiber,” according to the agenda packet. The six facilities included are Public Works, the Touber Building, the SteamPlant, the Salida Fire Department, the Aquatic Center and the Crestone Avenue
office. The 2019 budget included $34,000 for this project.

“In addition to connecting the facilities listed will be the installation of fiber to implement Wi-Fi in Riverside Park and/or surrounding areas,” the agenda packet reads, adding that this would increase capacity for events such as FIBArk.

Also slated for this evening’s council meeting include a public hearing and second reading of Ordinance 2019-05 regarding changes to the municipal court code. In addition, the first reading of an ordinance for updating municipal codes “Concerning Alcoholic Beverages” is listed for tonight, according to the agenda.