FHMS Broadband Project: Construction Permit Issued for Temporary Shelter and 35 foot Mast on Borden Mountain

Hello everyone.

This morning DCR issued us a permit to install a temporary shelter and collapsible 35 ft mast on Borden Mountain. I expect that Brian Foucher of WiValley will remove the 8 trees that need removal and then will set the temporary shelter in place, anchor it, bring in power, set up the electronics inside and erect the mast and attach antennas. With luck this temporary installation will be operational by the end of November and before heavy snows close the mountain to vehicular traffic.

Representative Paul Mark tells me that the legislature hopes to approve the Article 97 (bill to authorize construction by the State Legislature) by midnight, Wednesday November 17th, when they adjourn for the rest of this year. In all likelihood we won’t get to install the permanent Borden Mt site until after the snows melt in April 2022.

The temporary installation on Borden Mt will allow WiValley to connect SOME of the 200 plus customers who are scheduled to get their service from Borden. Remember, the temp tower is 35 ft and the permanent one will be 75 ft tall.

On another note, Savoy has approved a pole location on Tilton Road in Savoy, and WiValley will be installing that shortly. All of a sudden they have lots to do.

I do not expect to hold another FHMS meeting until the temporary Borden site is operational.

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.

Kirby (Lark) Thwing
FHMS Broadband Network Committee, Chair

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