The Town of Milton in rural Fountain City, Wis., has been surveying residents to gauge interest in building a new town hall or collaborating with Cochrane Co-op Telephone (CCT) to make high-speed Internet, cable television and phone services available to everyone living in the town.
Milton has $600,000 in CapX2020 utility funds, but plans to allocate $200,000 of it as cost-share to the Fountain City Area Fire Association for a proposed new fire station at the former swimming pool property in Fountain City.
Cost of bringing fiber-optic broadband services to households throughout Milton was estimated at $2.4 million. Estimated cost of a new town hall, entry road and parking lot ranged from $400,000 to $500,000, so even with applying for additional grant money, the town can do one project, but not both.
The town board said it plans to hold a public meeting on Dec. 13th for residents to have a say in deciding which projects to possibly pursue in 2018.