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Fiber optics plan tabled

SPRING VALLEY — The Spring Valley City Council tabled a request Monday to allow fiber optic cable to be installed through the city as part of the Illinois Fiber Resources Group (iFiber) project. Council members had questions pertaining to repair of any damage and the exact route of the fiber optic cables.

“It's obviously not drawn to scale,” city engineer Jack Kusek said of diagrams issued by the project's engineers.

Kusek said he would be fine with the construction as long as the installers worked closely with street superintendent John Schultz. Schultz had concerns about how deep they plan to dig, what they plan to dig up and how they are going to put it back.

According to a letter sent to the city by consulting engineering firm Baxter & Woodman of Crystal Lake, iFiber is a multi-county project installing fiber optic cable across northern Illinois. iFiber is a not-for-profit organization established in January 2011 as a collaboration between Blackhawk Hills Resource Conversation and Development, LaSalle County, the city of Rockford and Northern Illinois University.

According to the letter, the goal is to extend the fiber optic network and allow libraries, education institutions and governmental facilities to connect to the network. The optics have already been installed throughout LaSalle County, but council members wanted more information before giving permission to begin installing fiber optic cable in the city.

City attorney Tom Tonozzi said it might be a good idea to get something in writing before approving the installation and Kusek suggested the organization provide insurance paperwork as well.

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