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Coles County Board to vote on telecommunications agreement aimed at upgrading network speed and capacity
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Coles County Board to vote on telecommunications agreement aimed at upgrading network speed and capacity

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CHARLESTON — Coles County is set to join with other county governments to develop and share telecommunications equipment and services.

A vote scheduled for Tuesday's Coles County Board meeting would make the county part of a consortium that will work on upgrading network speed and capacity, according to a county official.

Deputy Mark Harris of the Coles County Sheriff's Office said the plan includes leasing ground near the Charleston Public Works Facility to construct a new communications tower.

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He said construction of the tower could begin this spring but the first step is for the county and other governments to adopt the agreement. The Charleston, Mattoon, Eastern Illinois University and Lake Land College police departments are also slated to take part.

The county board's meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday and is set to take place in the board's meeting room on the third floor of the courthouse in Charleston.

Few votes are scheduled for the meeting, but they include approving an agreement with Mattoon Township on a culvert replacement.

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With the agreement, the township and county would share the cost of the project, with the township contributing 60% of the approximately $100,000 cost, county Engineer Rick Johnson said.

Johnson said the culvert is located on County Road 280E near Lake Road and Paradise Road, about 4 miles southwest of Mattoon.

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Dave Fopay is a reporter for the JG-TC who covers Coles County, the local court system, Charleston schools and more.

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