Free Wi-Fi and Coal Dock Gift get Traverse City Light and Power nod
Two proposals on the table at the Traverse City Light and Power Board meeting were given the green light Tuesday night.
The Board decided tonight that coal dock property on M-22 should be certified as surplus, and could be turned over the city for it's use. The TCLP board's approval sends the plan onto the Traverse City Commission for it's review. The City Commissioners say the will hold public input sessions, and asses all of the possible uses of the coal dock before making any final decisions on entering an agreement with TCLP.
The second proposal that the TCLP board approved deals the much talk about proposal to create a fiber-optic Wi-Fi system for downtown Traverse City. The system would be free of charge, and cover most outdoor spots throughout the downtown district. Tonight, the board approved the Wi-Fi plan, dependent on if the City Commission approves the TCLP capital improvement.
Tim Arends, TCLP Executive Director says the plan would "create a connectivity downtown. Instead of having to go and find just one certain place where they offer Wi-Fi, you'll be able to, you know, do that kind of work on a park bench downtown, or at the beach, in the marina, or event on the boats close to shore."
The next step would be for The Downtown Development Authority to approve a ten year contract at it's April 21st meeting that would call for the investment of a little more than $380,000 for construction. Operating costs for the full ten years are estimated at just under $100,000.