AXIATP Direct Sales Vice President Cory Childs and C-4 Communications Contractor John Collins gave a presentation explaining the reasoning behind their request to install fiber optic cables connecting lines from Forest Park Elementary to what will soon be the new CCS Central Office, 1013 S. Forest Ave, Brazil.
"We could run an aerial cable along the electrical lines above, but it's safer to run them underground," Childs explained.
Collins added, "It's more secure. You don't have to worry about a (traffic) accident causing problems with it, and we're going to save quite a bit of time with this choice."
But board members are waiting to give a final decision.
They said they need more time to learn about the process and details.
Board members also said the extra time would allow Childs and Collins to gather more information from Duke Energy and CCS.
"I'd be more comfortable tabling the issue until (February's meeting) you have time to meet with Duke and we have time to process this," BPRB President Ruthann Jeffries said.
Board member Linda Messmer said she felt apprehensive about the idea because installing the fiber optic lines may interfere with future construction within Forest Park.
"I feel uncomfortable about putting potential limitations on the park," Messmer said. "I feel it might eliminate some future possibility. The park is a unique entity, and I don't want it to be used as a money saver."
However, board member Todd Brackman said he's familiar with installing fiber optic lines similar to what Childs and Collins have suggested, and he doesn't foresee a problem that couldn't be worked around.
"We're just a little bit divided because we don't know enough," Jeffries said. "I just don't want us to be (financially) responsible or liable if something would happen to it."
Childs and Collins said if the board approves the project, they plan to install approximately 2,200 feet of cable 36-48 inches underground, which would involve four places for construction or dig spots.
"We were trying to shoot to have the project finished in mid-February," Childs said, "but we understand."
In other park board news:
* the board discussed unfinished business concerning the installation of the remainder of the security cameras within Forest Park,
* board officials discussed a language change after reviewing a mowing specs contract, and
* the board also discussed language changes within contracts they have with Clay Youth League, the YMCA of Clay County, the Rotary Club of Brazil, Christmas In the Park and the Popcorn Festival.
The board meets regularly on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., in Brazil City Hall, and its next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 14.