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McHenry County Board unanimously approves fiber-optic project in Woodstock

WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Board members moved a $2.11 million project that creates a broadband network throughout Woodstock closer to construction on Thursday.

The board unanimously approved, 17-0, an intergovernmental agreement with the city of Woodstock, District 200, the county’s 911 Board and McHenry County College to build an area fiber-optic network.

Chicago-based Globetrotters Engineering Corp. will now construct and install the high-speed cable lines along Route 14, starting from MCC and carrying throughout Woodstock city limits, as part of the $2.11 million construction project.

County officials have said the broadband network could be active by next summer. Under the intergovernmental agreement, the five area entities would form a board to manage and use the network.

The new board also could lease untapped fiber-optic lines to area businesses in the future, both Woodstock and county officials have said.

The $2.11 million project costs will be divided among the five area entities. The county is responsible for $760,526.

Along with Woodstock, the county agreed to cover a portion of District 200’s $806,526 costs.

The school district has agreed to pay back both groups in installments during the next four years. District 200 board members approved the agreement Oct. 28, a week after the Woodstock City Council endorsed the project.

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