Citizen looks to avoid node/library overlap
Brock Thoman must have been a Boy Scout because at Wednesday’s Long Valley Regional Planning Advisory Committee (RPAC) meeting he was the epitome of proper planning and preparation preventing piss poor performance.
The meeting started with a discussion of a potential Digital 395 node placement on the Crowley Lake Community Center Parcel, but quickly turned into a discussion about potential plans for a library on the same site.
Just a few short weeks ago, the Mono County Board of Supervisors granted a license agreement to the Digital 395 project, which allows use of County land for node and anchor sites, among other things. The Crowley Lake Community Center Parcel could end up housing one of these nodes.
Thoman, President of the Crowley Lake Friends of the Library, however, pointed out to County staff that they needed to take precaution with the placement of the node.
“It would be bad to have to lay foundation [for a potential future library] on top of the cable,” Thoman said.
The D395 nodes are small structures used for regeneration and local fiber distribution. The fiber would run from Pearson Road to the node on the Parcel.
Garrett Higerd, County Associate Engineer, stated that there is a lot of flexibility right now for where the node would be placed. The County is reviewing all potential conflicts, so Thoman’s timing was good.
Thoman wasn’t against placing the node on the parcel, he just wanted to make sure the cable would not be placed directly across the piece of the parcel where the library may sit one day.
“Right now we are just analyzing what a library is in the 21st century,” Thoman explained. “We are figuring out what goes in it. We hope to have a plan of what we are looking for in a library by mid-2012.”
Thoman said he and his group have had a tough time getting community response so far.
“It’s hard to get input from this community,” he said.
“Well, put a cell tower next to it and you’ll get input,” joked RPAC member Pat Agnitch, in reference to the stir that Crowley cell tower discussions created earlier this year.