County enters tower lease agreement with Opportunity Florida

HC BOCC

Jim Brook, representing Opportunity Florida, informed the Board the 195 foot tower would be built on County property and given to the county under the stipulation that three spots on the tower be used by Opportunity Florida in their endeavor to spread broad band ability throughout the rural counties.

Cecilia Spears
Published: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 05:11 PM.

BONIFAY – Holmes County Board of County Commissioners approved to enter into a 10-year lease agreement with Opportunity Florida during their regular scheduled meeting on June 10, with a vote of 3 to 2, with Commissioner David Whitaker and Chair Monty Merchant voting “no.”

Jim Brook, representing Opportunity Florida, informed the Board the 195 foot tower would be built on County property and given to the county under the stipulation that three spots on the tower be used by Opportunity Florida in their endeavor to spread broad band ability throughout the rural counties.

“This project has been going on for about three years now and the idea is to bring broad band to rural communities,” explained County Attorney Jeff Goodman. “Basically this is a quid pro quo; we’re giving Opportunity Florida the ability to build this tower on property that we own, leasing the property for 10 years. This will allow for two things; we’ll have space on the tower to put equipment on it if we so choose and the money maker for them is the ability to sublease two spaces on the tower, which is the income revenue to help support Opportunity Florida.”

Goodman said they will build the tower, maintain the tower for 10 years and after the 10 years it is up to the Board what they want to use the tower for.

“We own the pole and they’ve got the space, the only thing I want you to be aware of is that once the pole is built that the county include the pole in the county’s insurance policy the same way it would be include any other poles in the county,” said Goodman. “We will own it and insure it immediately and all other maintenance and risk associated, per the agreement, will be assumed by Opportunity Florida.”

·         Merchant informed the Board 19 applicants responded to the open position of Emergency Management Director and after much discussion the Board agreed to review the applications before deciding how to move forward at their next meeting.

·         Board approved to sign two agreements for Homeland Security Grants, which Emergency Management Director Interim Roger Dale Hagan informed would help fund several aspects of Emergency Management which includes the disaster preparedness exercises and training.



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