SCRTC seeks franchise in city

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By Linda Ireland

 South Central Rural Telephone Company would like to expand its services within Hodgenville city limits.

Hodgenville City Council agreed April 14 to advertise for sealed bids on a 15-year nonexclusive franchise to give SCRTC a chance to extend telephone, Internet and video services from the county to the city.

Bids are to be submitted to the city clerk.

David Davis, general manager for SCRTC, said broadband – or high-speed Internet access – will be available to more areas through the expansion. It is a key in attracting jobs to the area. It allows more content to be carried through the lines, providing access to high quality Internet services – streaming media, Internet phone and gaming.

Extending the fiber optic network costs about $30,000 per mile, said Davis.

SCRTC, the largest telephone cooperative in Kentucky and 13th largest in the nation, is based in Glasgow. It serves parts of nine counties with a core territory of Hart, Barren and Metcalfe Counties. It already serves the Buffalo, Magnolia and Mount Sherman area.

The company serves 29,000 phone customers, 19,500 video customers and 17,000 DSL customers. It has 6,200 route miles of fiber optic lines in its 15,000 square-mile territory.

SCRTC has produced a pamphlet for LaRue, Green and Nelson customers, offering an expanded digital package for $49.95 ($18.45 digital off-air basic 20 channels plus $31.50 expanded with digital, music choice, pay-per-view and premium channels).

In other business:

• The council heard a report by Ronnie Cruse, wastewater manager, that changes are needed in the handling of fat, oil and grease by local restaurants. The City has been experiencing problems with overflow due to grease and fat clogs in sewer lines. 

The Division of Water has been encouraging cities of all sizes to adopt an ordinance requiring proper disposal of grease, permitting and possible penalties for noncompliance, Cruse said.

The 25-or-so local restaurants and delis will need to install a grease trap that will be inspected by the City. Many of the businesses already have grease traps or interceptors, Cruse said.

• Hodgenville Fire Chief Wally Sparks reported three runs for March: A gas dryer was smoking in a residence on W. High Street, with report taken; a small fire in kitchen area was reported on S. Greensburg St.; and assist with a transport.

Sparks and Mayor Terry Cruse have been looking at fire trucks with 100-foot ladders. Sparks said they looked at one in Summersville – but it “did not meet our needs” as it had no pump.

Sparks said the current fire truck has a 55-foot ladder that is insufficient to reach some of the buildings in town, notably Sunrise Manor Nursing Home, which is two-stories, and some of the buildings on Lincoln Square.