The Shelby County Commissioners passed an ordinance Monday morning that would make the county a Broadband Ready Community.
Ordinance 20221-33 aims to promote private investment in broadband infrastructure by laying out a process by which internet companies can get broadband installed.
“The way we understand this, we need this in place to move forward if any funding or grants come up,” Commissioner Chris Ross said.
The Broadband Ready Community Program was established in a 2015 state code. Broadband Ready Communities have taken steps to reduce barriers to this type of infrastructure development.
“Reducing the regulatory hurdles that deter investment is a key step towards creating an environment ripe for broadband investment,” according to the state website.
More information can be found at https://www.in.gov/indianabroadband/funding-and-program -resources/broadband-ready.
Shelby County will join 21 other counties and 18 municipalities participating in this program.
In other business, the commissioners renewed their contract with Purdue Extension. This is an annual agreement that has remained the same for the last few years, said Purdue Extension Director Scott Gabbard.
The office recently moved into the county’s new Annex II Building. It handles 4-H and a few other popular programs, such as the Master Gardeners and the Extension Homemakers.
The commissioners also issued a tax refund in the amount of $191.61 following a county resident’s land reclassification.
Lastly, the commissioners approved a utility request by CenterPoint Energy to install a one-inch plastic gas service at 493 W. Dwain Village. This is in a residential area.