Farmington council to consider funding broadband study

Farmington city officials will on Monday consider putting some real money into creating a Farmington/Farmington Hills municipal broadband system.

A task force recently presented its research into the possibility of creating the alternative internet service as a public utility. Their research and report is posted at fhgov.com/Government/Current-Programs-Initiatives/Municipal-Broadband-Committee.aspx City Manager David Murphy’s memo did not indicate the amount under consideration; funds would be used to hire a consultant to “define the process going forward.”

Other agenda items include the Commission on Aging annual report, introduction of 2019 Miss Farmington Cities contestants, two applications for special events in Shiawassee Park, and a $525,000 addition to the 2018 Concrete Road Improvement budget for additional work at Grand River and Lilac Street and on Flanders Street.

Officials will also consider waiving a late filing fee for Property Transfer Affidavits required by Proposal A, as a “housekeeping” matter to align with the city’s actual practices.

Council members will meet at 6 p.m. in the conference room at City Hall, 23600 Liberty St. Following public comment, they’ll move into closed session to discuss a property purchase, then reopen the meeting for the rest of the agenda.