Dakota County to move forward with Joint Powers agreement

It’s been fun to watch fiber grow in Dakota County. In the latest chapter, the Eagan is about to address (and presumably approve)a Joint Powers Agreement for an expanded Countywide Broadband System. Here is info from tonight’s City Council agenda (and a link to their draft Joint Powers Agreement)…

Agenda Information Memo
March 15, 2016 Eagan City Council Meeting

J. Approve Joint Powers Agreement for an expanded Countywide broadband

Action To Be Considered:

Approve Joint Powers Agreement for an expanded Countywide broadband system


 Participants are expected to include the Community Development Agency (CDA),
Dakota County, Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, Hastings, Inver
Grove Heights, Lakeville, Mendota Heights, Rosemount, South St. Paul and West
St. Paul.
 This agreement will enter participants into contracts for professional services
and consultants for the gathering of information necessary to complete the
System Plans and determine the cost of operating the broadband systems. A
portion of the information gathering will consist of fiber inventories and
valuation of all participants fiber infrastructure, designing a backbone
architecture of the system and the costs associated with funding and operating
the system.

The CDA will be the lead agency entering into contracts with Elert and Associates

and Design Nine to develop the Systems Plan.
 The total estimated costs of the Systems Plan are $170,764. The cost sharing
concept will be similar to the previous Dakota County Broadband Study, where
the CDA covers 1/3 of the cost, Dakota County covers 1/3 of the cost and the
participating cities split 1/3 of the costs. Eagan’s contribution to this JPA will be
approximately $9,635.
 Based off of the information gathered from the Systems Plan, each organization
should be able to decide if it makes sense to consolidate and develop a
countywide broadband entity.
Attachments: (1)
CJ-1 JPA Agreement

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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