CTI Makes Presentation To Raymond Village Board

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Members of the Raymond Village Board heard about some new technological possibilities for the village during their meeting on Monday, July 1.

Dr. Robert Mulch, on behalf of the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation, and Lisa Casterline, with CTI Fiber, were present to inform the board that CTI is looking at Raymond to possibly introduce their fiber optic network services as they had received some interest from the community. 

CTI provides TV, internet and telephone services through higher bandwidth fiber technology. While quite a bit of interest has been generated thus far, in order for CTI to come to Raymond, they need additional community interest responses by August 1.  

Residents may go online at www.ctitech.com/newcommunities or www.ctitech.com for more information. Residents are also invited to pick up informational brochures and sign-up sheets at the town hall or by calling 229-4516.

The board, who were missing trustees Bill Krager and Dan Hough, also heard from Shoal Creek Golf Course Superintendent Drew Eilerman, who said that Roundup had been sprayed at the course, the new seed had arrived and planting was scheduled for July 8 and July 9.

Eilerman also spoke to the board about the John Deere 7700A fairway mower that was currently on loan for testing from Erb Equipment. With a life of 15 to 20 years, the mower is self-adjusting, has conditioners on it and saves two hours in mowing.

Eilerman told the board that the mower was recently used for a PGA tour championship and is a smart-powered machine, doing the work of three mowers.

The cost of the mower is $55,000 and comes with a full warranty. 

The machine will also be serviced and readjusted prior to purchase.

The board discussed the purchase at length, with Eilerman saying that the course could potentially sell off three pieces of equipment for $10,000 or more to help with the cost. The trustees later agreed to purchase the mower from Erb Equipment.

In other golf course business, Mayor Denny Held said the golf cart sale was a success, with all 12 carts sold for a total of $19,500. Eilerman added that people are talking about the improvements made to the course and play is up.

In police business, part-time officer Matt Workman said that there have been some complaints of speeding and stop sign violations and there will be more attention paid to those areas. Mayor Held stated that three applications had been received for the part-time officer position, with all three set to be reviewed, with the possibility of looking at other alternatives if needed.

In streets and alleys business, Street Superintendent Mike Masten said that the date for street oiling will be July 23, with a rain date of July 25. Masten added that the village's dump truck has been repaired and is much better.

Masten and Trustee Bruce Poggenpohl also discussed the ditch work and sidewalk repair scheduled for this year, along with the repairs to the steps on Broad Street and the possibility of adding another set of stairs to the north side of the street.

In water and sewer business, Mayor Held and Water Superintendent Rick Broaddus discussed the pump that went down at the lift station on South O'Bannon Street. Broaddus said that a replacement pump should be ordered at a cost of $6,700.

In economic development business, Trustee Bob Pennock stated that the village reimbursed the Boy Scouts and Raymond Baptist Church $150 each for assistance with the village recycling program.

Poggenpohl added that the Raymond Independence Day celebration went well and thanked President Dennis Matli, the board and its volunteers for their efforts.

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