Network Infrastructure - $975,000
The City currently owns aerial fiber runs that connect several facilities, including Police Headquarters, City Hall, Animal Control and Public Works Operations. These lines are reaching their end of life, making repairs and splices difficult because the glass fibers have become brittle and will soon reach a point where repairs may not be successful. The lines are also aerial, attached to existing telecommunication and power poles. These aerial lines run in areas where there is significant tree cover, increasing the likelihood of downed limbs severing the network connections. The first component of this initiative would be to replace the aging infrastructure with buried fiber optic in the following locations:
- Along Douglas from Fire Headquarters to Police Headquarters
- From the intersection of Hamblen and Bailey roads to Public Works Operations
Communication interconnectivity among the numerous City facilities (City Hall, Water Service Center, Public Works Operations, Fire, Police, Longview and Harris Park Community Centers) provides a reliable communications network for public safety, both in terms of every day public safety operations and in crisis situations resulting from serious weather events, natural disasters, fires, terrorism, public violence, shooting incidents and other life-threatening situations that require an immediate response and reliable communications.Both Longview and Harris Park Community Centers serve as emergency storm shelters). The second component is the development of new infrastructure by installing a City-owned fiber network that will improve bandwidth and resiliency.
If approved, this project would be completed in one to two years.