Jefferson County briefs

November 05, 2004

County considers high-tech network

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Commissioners agreed Thursday to perform a study to determine the benefits of developing a high-tech communications network for the county.

If the commissioners decide to build the network, they will not have to pay the full $7,000 cost of the study, they said.

The commissioners are proposing that they pay $4,000 of the cost and ask the towns of Charles Town, Ranson and Shepherdstown to pay $1,000 each to help pay for it, said Commissioner James G. Knode.

The network would offer high-speed Internet service, telephone service and television cable service. It also would offer other capabilities to consumers, such as the ability to operate security systems in a home or business, officials said.


The network would be key in the effort to help businesses grow in the county, particularly those in high-tech fields, said Jane Peters, executive director of the Jefferson County Development Authority.

The project is being proposed by iTown Communications, a Vienna, Va., company that designs, builds and operates broadband networks for cities and towns across the country with populations of 5,000 to 125,000.

Latest sewer plant proposal cheaper

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A new sewer plant being considered for the county would be about half the cost of a previous proposal, Jefferson County Commissioner Greg Corliss said Thursday.

The Jefferson County Public Service District initially proposed building a $25 million sewer plant along Cattail Run.

The plant generated controversy, in part because of concern that sewer rates would sharply increase to help pay for the plant.

Under the newest proposal, the plant would cost $11 million, Corliss said.

One reason the plant is cheaper is because an effluent line would not have to be built to the Shenandoah River. The line instead would be extended to Flowing Springs, a nearby stream, said Commission President Al Hooper.

Morgan concerned about parked trucks

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Jefferson County Commissioner expressed concern about tractor-trailers that are being parked along U.S. 340 south of the downtown area.

Although Commissioner Rusty Morgan said it is unclear why the trucks are parked there, he speculated that the trucks possibly are being parked there as drivers exchange work times.

Morgan said he talked to Charles Town Police Chief Mike Aldridge, and Aldridge said he cannot do anything about it.

The trucks are being parked south of the Hill Dale Shopping Center on the opposite side of the highway, Morgan said.

- Dave McMillion

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