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Sharon postpones Comcast vote

SHARON — A town meeting vote to  consider a proposed partnership with Comcast to expand internet access service to all homes has been postponed.

The town meeting will still be held Friday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. at Sharon Center School. There are two items on the agenda for votes. They are: considering Phase 2 of the town Green improvement work and the purchase of two highway trucks.

“The language of the legal announcement of the meeting needs to be clarified and revised before holding the vote,” said Jill Drew,  SharonConnect chairman,  of the internet vote.  At its last meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 11, the Board of Selectmen discussed the duties of the position of performance manager for the Comcast project.

If Comcast’s proposed partnership with the town is approved by voters at town meeting, Comcast has indicated that it would want work to begin promptly.

Expanded internet service would be provided by Comcast to all homes and businesses, affording complete coverage throughout the town. The partnership is estimated to cost the town $1.6 million, payable in two halves, with Comcast agreeing to be responsible for all remaining construction costs in excess of the town’s portion.

Because work would begin soon after voter approval, the selectmen have sought to define the essential position of project performance manager, someone who will serve as a liaison between the project and the town.

Drew reported that she had spoken with the town’s project consultant to define some aspects and expectations of the work to be done by the performance manager.

Drew reviewed the consultant’s suggestions for the selectmen. The manager should be a temporary, part-time contractor, not a town employee.

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