Sandusky to kick internet provider off tower

An internet service provider to residences primarily outside the city of Sandusky may be looking for another tower for its equipment.

The Sandusky City Council last week voted to terminate the contract with Speedconnect because of the company’s unpaid bill for renting space on the water tower.

Council took the action Sept. 6 after City Manager Dave Faber reported the company, which provides wireless internet service to residences in surrounding townships, owes the city $1,944 in rental fees for placing antennas and other equipment on the tower on Argyle Street.

Faber said he didn’t know how many internet customers in would be affected if Speedconnect could no longer use the tower. However, Faber said most of SpeedConnect’s customers are probably outside the city limits because Sandusky residents have access to fiber optic and other broadband services.

Following last week’s council action, the city will begin the legal process of evicting Speedconnect from the tower. The company’s delinquent bill stems from not paying a monthly rental fee of about $180, according to Faber.

The News requested a comment from SpeedConnect but did receive one by press time.

In other business last week, Faber reported he has been in contact with a local businessman who’s interested in developing approximately three acres of land west of Eastern Michigan Bank for condominiums. No plans for a project have been submitted to the planning commission.

Faber also reported that renovations are ongoing inside two large vacant buildings that were sold last year, the former Kmart and Jeff’s Marketplace. The old Kmart building is being converted to an indoor storage facility, while the Jeff’s Marketplace building will be used for light manufacturing and possible retail.

Council voted to proceed with the sale of $700,000 in bonds for street paving, including next year’s planned rebuild of Jefferson Street. The bond sale can proceed since the 45-day period for a referendum expired without a petition.

Council approved Oct. 22 for a Back the Blue walk fundraiser by Police Wives of Sanilac County, and set Halloween trick or treat hours from 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31.

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