County to apply for grant money to build Internet network

By Debra J. Groom

Oswego County will apply for grant money to help build a high-speed fiber Internet network in the county.

The county Legislature passed a resolution at its June 12 meeting to move forward seeking money from the Northern Border Regional Commission, which offers assistance for this type of project.

Legislator Morris Sorbello, R-Granby, chair of the legislature’s Economic Development and Planning committee, said building the high-speed Internet system will help grow business and industry in the county.

The plan calls for the construction of a 60-plus mile loop of fiber optic line that “would eventually reach throughout the county,” according the the resolution passed by the Legislature.

The county proposes the initial stage of the project to pass by or be close to Oswego County BOCES in Mexico and 10 other school buildings, the Fulton campus of Cayuga Community College, the Port of Oswego Authority, two of the county’s largest manufacturers, Oswego Hospital and other health care facilities, SUNY Oswego, four industrial parks and many other businesses.

Also at the June 12 meeting, the Legislature:

  • Passed a resolution opposing the Clean Water Act as proposed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers. While the legislators said they are committed to “environmental stewardship and the protection of our natural resources,” they believe this proposed law would create a financial strain on the county, creates more uncertainty in what sort of projects are allowed instead of making the rules more clear and would create hardships for farmers and other landowners who have ditches and other areas of water on their land.
  • Passed a resolution to accept a $100,801 grant fro the Homeland Security Operation Stone Garden Program. The money will be used by law enforcement agencies to buy equipment and pay for overtime in operations to support border patrol initiatives.
  • Passed a resolution to accept the $6 million grant for the county’s E-911 radio system and enter an agreement with Motorola to upgrade the radio system. The entire upgrade will be paid for using this grant.
  • Passed a resolution to transfer $200,000 into an account to begin a culvert replacement project on the bridge over Lindsey Creek.
  • Passed a resolution to transfer $350,000 into an account for the Crim Road Bridge replacement over the North Branch of the Little Salmon River in the town of Parish.
  • Passed a resolution to transfer $208,000 into an account for the replacement of the County Route 47 bridge over the North Branch of the Salmon River in the town of Redfield.


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