County approves grant application

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Madison County Commissioners’ Court on Monday gave its OK to the library to begin looking for a way to put some spring into its internet step.

Madison County Librarian Veronica Grooms said there are federal eRate funding for telecommunications, and Texas State Libraries and Archive Commission is assisting libraries with the process.

“It will pay for our internet service, and increase our internet speed,” she said. “The first year would be paid for, and each subsequent year would be at 80 percent.”

Grooms said that currently, the library pays $1,199 per year through Razer Wireless, but there needs to be an increase in speed.

“We’ve done a speed test, and our speed is 5.86 megabits per second, and the federal government standards for libraries the size of Madison County is 100 Mbps,” Grooms said. “In order to increase that speed, I’m sure the bills will increase as well, but for the first year, the federal government would pay for that.”

County Judge said that the county has tried in the past to increase bandwidth at the library, but has been unable to, largely due to the cost.

Grooms said that should the grant be approved, they will seek bids.

The Commissioners’ Court approved the measure, with Commissioner Carl Cannon absent.

In other business, the county:

•approved a memorandum of understanding with Brazos Valley Council of Governments for transportation services for Madison County residents;

•approved a contract with UBEO for a new copier at the Sheriff’s Office; and

•approved a contract with Vess Oil Corp. for the laying of 294 feet of pipeline parallel to Laura Lane.

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