Salisbury City Council to look at Wilson's fiber-optic system

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009

By Mark Wineka
Salisbury Post
Salisbury City Council will make a field trip to Wilson today to see that city’s progress in establishing a fiber-optic cable system to homes and businesses.
Salisbury is seriously considering getting into the cable business through a $30 million project that could be offering telephone, video and Internet services within two years.
The city of Wilson is about a year ahead of Salisbury in the process.
The field trip will allow council members to meet and talk with Wilson city officials and view the operations center for the new cable utility.
Council is scheduled to vote on the fiber-optic system, which would be financed by revenue bond issues over the next two years, at its 4 p.m. Tuesday meeting.
In other agenda items Tuesday, council will:
– Receive budget requests from Downtown Salisbury Inc., the Salisbury-Rowan Economic Development Commission and other community groups.
– Consider a petition to restrict parking on a portion of the 100 block of West Fisher Street.
– Consider a taxicab franchise for Rosetta Nance, who would operate under the umbrella of Safety Taxi Co.
– Receive a report from staff related to the Pearl Street railroad crossing.
– Hold public hearings on rezoning requests from David and Phyllis Mullis at 303 and 309 W. Council St. and the Roman Catholic Diocese, related to Sacred Heart Catholic Church’s property at 2725 N. Jake Alexander Blvd.
– Recognize Deputy Chief Rory Collins, Lt. Rodney Harris and Sgt. J.J. Wilkerson regarding recent promotions they received in the Police Department.
– Recognize 2007-2008 retirees and employees with five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service.
– Recognize Will Mowery of Salisbury High School who won the 1A/2A State Wrestling Championship in the 160-pound class.
– Proclaim April 13 as Arbor Day in Salisbury.
Council meetings are streamed live at and shown later on Time Warner Cable’s ACCESS 16.
Contact Mark Wineka at 704-797-4263 or