YAKIMA - With a $1 million federal grant in hand, Yakima County yesterday took the next step in providing improved broadband services to government agencies in the Lower Valley.
Tuesday's action by Yakima County commissioners authorized a $67,500 contract with Pacific Power to adjust power lines in accommodating the new broadband lines.
Becky Bishop is Yakima County's project manager in administering the grant funds, and she says of 400 power poles between Mabton and Sunnyside and Toppenish and Zillah Lakes a total of 75 have adjustments that are needed for installation of the new lines.
Three of the poles will have to be replaced to meet national safety height requirements to ensure there is plenty of clearance for vehicle traffic to pass under lines crossing the roadway.
The county received the grant funds in April to provide improved fiber optic services for government agency offices in the Lower Valley, such as YVCC's Grandview campus, the Sunnyside Library, Sunnyside City Hall and the Grandview Police Department.
Lower Valley agencies already connected to the county's faster network include the Sunnyside Police Department and the Lower Valley District Court in Grandview.