Ames City Council will discuss internet improvements and flood mitigation in its meeting Tuesday.
At the time, there were suggestions to incentivize a third party to improve the fiber networks of the city or for the city to undertake broadband access as a municipal utility.
According to city documents, City Council had directed staff last year to:
Provide cost estimates for a feasibility study covering the retail and wholesale models of city-deployed internet service.
Provide a staff report with more information about the community ownership and deployment model including reaching out to Iowa State, Iowa Department of Transportation, Mary Greeley and the Ames, Gilbert and Colo-Nesco school districts.
Work with private sector companies to explore the quality and scope of internet service in Ames.
Investigate the Bettendorf-Davenport model of internet service.
Provide a staff report on possible modifications to the subdivision codes to require new housing subdivisions to be internet-ready.
Council will also discuss flood mitigation projects, including a resolution to direct staff to move ahead “with intent to acquire permanent easements” for $156,000 for property along Squaw Creek.
“It is planned that the area would be graded to increase flow capacity of the creek and a structural retaining wall would be placed within the area to maximize allowable developable land on the parcel,” according to city documents.
The city estimates costs for this project will be $5,040,000.
The council will meet 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.