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County residents part of regional broadband survey

MORGANTOWN — The Region 6 Planning and Development Council is asking residents of its six-county region to participate in a survey looking at current and future broadband coverage.
Region 6 Director Sheena Hunt said the council is in the process of mailing the surveys, which will also be inserted in newspapers across the region and accessible via, under the “events” tab.
Hunt said the surveys will be used to update  the 2013 Strategic Broadband Study, which came about through grant funding provided by the West Virginia Development Office.
“We’re updating the 2013 plan to identify unserved and underserved areas in the different counties to look at what kind of service can be available potentially down the road,” Hunt said.
Monongalia County Commissioner Sean Sikora said the survey is important to the future of connectivity in the region.
“We encourage people to participate and respond. It doesn’t take a lot of time but it’s a useful effort to kind of see what options are out there across the region as we move forward,” Sikora said.
Hunt said the surveys included in regional newspapers must be returned by Nov. 5, while the mailed surveys will have a Nov. 12 return date.
Additionally, a meeting on the broadband initiative will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Morgantown Public Library.
Region 6 Planning and Development Council covers Monongalia, Marion, Preston, Taylor, Harrison and Doddridge counties.
In other county news, the county commission:
— Learned that the updated zoning map of the West Run Planning District is live on the county’s parcel viewer, at The commission approved updates to the map in August.
— Approved an updated policy and application process for use of the courthouse square.
— Approved Requisition No. 22 for the University Town Centre TIF district in the amount of $368,834.85 for repayment of bonds.
— Approved Requisition No. 6 for the Star City Project No. 1 Series 2012 TIF Administrative Expense Fund in the amount of $921.25 to Steptoe & Johnson.
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