With approval from the Richmond City Board of Commissioners, Indiana-based cable company MetroNet is "bringing the power of 100% fiber" to Richmond.

The franchise agreement between the city and cable network will begin construction in the Richmond community providing future proof fiber-optic communication services, including high-speed Fiber Internet, full-featured Fiber Phone, and Fiber IPTV with a wide variety of programming.

"This is going to give our citizens a second option," Rob Minerich, the city's manager said.

"We are thrilled to grow our fiber-optic network and expand our footprint in Richmond," stated MetroNet Executive Vice President Kevin Stelmach in a press release. "The city of Richmond has been extremely supportive throughout this process and their enthusiasm for MetroNet's direct connection to fiber-optic services is driving the expansion in this area. We are eager to bring fast, reliable fiber-optic internet to its communities."

Through the enactment of ordinance 19-09, a non-exclusive franchise for a cable system within the confines of Richmond was created for a term of 15 years.

"It brings us great pleasure to welcome MetroNet to our city today and to begin a wonderful partnership together," Minerich said. "Some of the largest and most advanced cities in the world have this type of technology, and we can't wait to experience the power of fiber-optic internet, television and phone services right here in Richmond."

The company started in 2005 with one fiber-optic network in Greencastle, Indiana, and has since grown to more than 80 communities in seven states.

"This is a win for the citizens of Richmond and a win for the city," Minerich said.

Other business

• Tyler Johnson was approved for the new position of communications and community development coordinator in the Administration Department with a salary rate of $26.45 effective Sept. 9.

• David Jones was appointed as the full-time assistant director for the Richmond Tourism Department at a rate of $16 an hour.

• The commission approved the sale of a tract of land to be purchased by First Baptist Church located at 302 Francis Street in Richmond.

• Richmond Fire Department's Mark McFerron, the fire marshal for the last 20 years, was approved for his retirement which went into effect on Aug. 1.

• The commission voted to approve the re-appointment of Ed Ford to the Architectural Review Board for another term of three years.

• The commission accepted the retirement of Tommy Brookshire from the fire department.

The next Richmond City Commission meeting will be held Aug. 27, 6 p.m. at Richmond City Hall.

Reach Taylor Six at 624-6623 or follow her on Twitter at @TaylorSixRR.

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