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Eagle Ford: City considers franchise agreement
Wilson County NewsJune 19, 2013 | 2,823 views | 2 comments
LA VERNIA -- The La Vernia City Council has agreed to draft a franchise agreement with LVWifi owner Brandon Rose after his presentation on the implementation of fiber optics to the city during the June 13 regular council meeting.
According to Rose, the discussion began a few months ago when Verizon Wireless began putting new towers in and around the city. Fiber optics is a very new technology that he did not expect to be brought to La Vernia for the next five to 10 years. However, with the growing trend, Rose’s first step was to obtain permission from the city.
La Vernia currently has a franchise agreement with the Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative (GVEC) at 2 percent. This means that the city is compensated 2 percent of GVEC’s annual gross revenue.
Council members John Richter, Marie Gerlich, Randy Leonard, and Mayor Robert Gregory approved for the city attorney to draw up a franchise agreement similar to the one with GVEC at the same rate.
“I think it’s a great deal,” Leonard said. “I’d like to see it happen.”
Also at the meeting:
•Gregory said the city had received approval from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to move forward with drilling municipal water wells. The city will place an ad in the newspaper seeking bids.
•Leonard was selected to continue serving as mayor pro tem.
•The city accepted Jennifer Moczygemba’s resignation from the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Impact Fee Advisory Committee, following her recent election to the city council.
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