Barkley Water discusses high-speed Internet, Cerulean expansion
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
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Antennae on at least some of the six water storage tanks in rural Trigg County could help give rural Trigg Countians better access to high-speed Internet in the near future.

When the Barkley Lake Regional Water District Board met Monday afternoon, they heard from representatives from Fastnet Wireless, although the board didn’t approve the project, voting instead to do more research, said BLRWD Manager Terry Goins, who added that any action will have to wait until the Board’s next meeting.

“What Fastnet has proposed to do is give Barkley Lake Water District 4 percent of their revenue for their service,” Goins said. Exactly how much revenue was not shared during the meeting, “But if Barkley Water votes to proceed, they would get 4 percent of the revenue.”

Goins said Trigg County Attorney Randy Braboy will have to review the contract before they can approve it. Trigg County Judge Executive Hollis Alexander was at the meeting and was supportive of the idea.

Fastnet Wireless Internet Service, LLC, is based out of Franklin and covers Simpson County. Their website - www.fastnetllc.com – says they are expanding their range and intend to service Warren, Logan, Butler and Todd counties. Trigg County is not listed.

Goins said they’re also looking to expand into Lyon and Caldwell counties. He didn’t know how many people would be affected, stating that Fastnet employees are doing research and conducting surveys and that those would have to be completed before he could come up with any numbers, as any number would be based partly on demand.

Goins also said that in other counties, Fastnet employees have given relevant literature to students to take home to their parents or guardians, but said they don’t have permission to do that here yet. Trigg County Schools officials said they hadn’t heard from Fastnet yet but indicated they would need permission first.

In other business, board members passed a resolution to proceed with the Cerulean water expansion project – a requirement to receive $1.1 million in loans and grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development division.

The timeline is unaffected, with Goins still anticipating construction to start in the fall and lasting about a year.

“A large part of that is passing the resolution, getting all the paperwork out of the way, getting easements from individuals in Cerulean, before we even start construction,” Goins said. “That’s where we’re at right now, getting those easements, getting those secured and getting the documentation done. Then we can let it for bids and proceed.”

Goins said the $825,000 loan and the $275,000 grant will fund the construction of a new pump station and a 300,000-gallon water storage tank on Ky. 124 – or Cerulean Road – near Cundiff Farms in the Ball Knob area, as well as the construction of almost 2 miles of water line to the tank in the Cerulean area.

Goins said it should take about a year to complete the tanks, the pump station and the line work, and that this project will help make the water system in Cerulean more reliable for the roughly 500 customers in Cerulean and Gracey. The water district services approximately 5,271 customers in the county overall.

Franklin Clark is a reporter for the Cadiz Record and can be reached by email at fclark@cadizrecord.com.
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