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Public hearing on fiber optic set for Jan. 27

FALLS VILLAGE — At its regular monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 9, and after considerable discussion, the Board of Finance vote to postpone a Jan. 27 town meeting on the Frontier fiber optic proposal and instead hold a public hearing on the same night, Friday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m. at the Emergency Services Center.

First Selectman Henry Todd reported that negotiations with Frontier Communications to provide fiber optic lines for the entire town are ongoing. 

Todd said that Frontier has come down to $544,000, from the initial price of $750,000, to connect Barnes, Undermountain and Music Mountain roads. Frontier is already planning to install fiber optic lines in the rest of the town.

Questions about the cost were raised at an information meeting last month, and during public comment at the Jan. 9 meeting.

Finance board member Erc Carlson said he thought it unwise to go ahead with the planned Jan. 27 town meeting on the issue and instead proposed a public hearing so that residents can get their questions answered.

Todd said he will continue his discussions with Frontier and try to get the price down still further.

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