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Burlington Ward 6 Rural Broadband Internet Project Update: May 9, 2022

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Please see below this week’s project update from Mayor Marianne Meed Ward and Councillor Angelo Bentivegna for the Rural Ward 6 Internet Broadband project, as we continue working with stakeholders and residents to provide information about the completion of this essential rural broadband project.

Mayor Meed Ward and Ward 6 Councillor Angelo Bentivegna invites all interested residents to join the live update meetings to provide further details and answer any questions arising throughout the project. Meetings will be held virtually on the following dates from 5:30-6:30 p.m.:

  • Wednesday, May 18;
  • Wednesday, June 15; and
  • Wednesday, July 13.

Please use the below details to join:

Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83712243708?pwd=OXV0N3ZmRS83UExqKzZ5KzYxa3BKdz09

Meeting ID: 837 1224 3708

Passcode: sn9880

Or Dial in: 647 558 0588

Meeting ID: 837 1224 3708

Passcode: 610963

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/keidZKJrXw

If you are joining by phone, please use *6 to mute/unmute yourself during the call. By pressing *9 you could raise or lower your hand to ask a question.

Update as of May 3, 2022:

Approvals

Permits:

An application has been received by Conservation Halton and is being processed with a targeted completion by the end of the week.  Once the Conservation Halton permit is issued, Municipal Consent can be issued for work to be done around Regional and City roads.

Construction process:

Locates have been ordered and this work is imminent.

Pipelines and Hydro Update:

Hydro:

The Joint Use Agreement with Burlington Hydro has been reviewed by the legal team from IASL/Standard Broadband and sent to Burlington Hydro for their review.

Pipeline Crossings:

Sun Canadian might allow for the broadband infrastructure to be constructed above their pipelines in some locations but require this to be underneath their pipelines in other locations. In locations where the broadband project is required to be underneath the pipelines a Hydrovac process is required.

Imperial & Enbridge are insisting to have the broadband construction go underneath their pipelines, with at least 1m clearance. This would mean very deep excavations due to the environmental impact and possible delays in construction, the IASL/ Standard Broadband team has made the decision that it would be beast to do areal crossings over the remaining pipeline crossings. Pole surveys and pole analysis will be done and included in the Joint Use Agreement with the hydro company. A number of poles could be added under one (or separate) pole permit/s, but it all falls under one Joint Use Agreement.

Additional Information regarding Regional Roads:

Halton Region is starting construction this week on Derry Rd and Walkers Line, occupying one lane and IASL/ Standard Broadband is coordinating with the Region to ensure the work crews do not conflict. The IASL/ Standard Broadband project will start on the east end and the Regional crew will progress towards the west. Should it be necessary, the IASL/ Standard Broadband project could continue down Walkers Line to avoid the crews working in the same location.

Next Steps

IASL/ Standard Broadband are initiating payments to the City of Burlington to facilitate the Municipal Access Agreement.

The group will meet again next week and continue to collaborate to ensure the project stays on track.

Webpage:

The city has set up a dedicated Rural Internet Installation webpage for the two rural broadband projects currently underway here: https://www.burlington.ca/en/services-for-you/rural-internet-installation.asp

Please check back regularly for updates. If you have subscribed to the page, you’ll receive an alert each time new information is posted.

Comments/Questions:

If you have any additional questions, please let us know and we will endeavour to get answers and include them in a future update.

Please be assured that we are all working toward the same shared goal of securing rural broadband for our residents as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

Marianne & Angelo

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward & Ward 6 Councillor Angelo Bentivegna

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