HOPKINS: “I DON’T KNOW”
Beginning at 30:00 into the video of Tuesday’s city council meeting the below discussion takes place about a pole attachment fee the city will have to pay PP&L if they “settle” with MAW (click here);
Councilwoman Faith Craig: Patrick – the pole connection fee – is that a one-time fee or is it re-occurring?
Patrick Hopkins: It’s an annual fee.
Craig: OK. Thank you.
Hopkins: But again, that’s been – we’ve had traffic signals – old fiber – not MAW installed fiber- but old fiber in other attachments up – that’s been an ongoing issue for years and years and years. It’s a standard in the industry.
President Ismail Smith-Wade-El: Is that pole attachment fee standardized, Patrick?
Hopkins: There are, um, the pole attachment issues are under the purview of the Public Utility Commission in Pennsylvania. In some states it’s the FCC, in some states it’s the Public Utility Commission. In our case, it’s the PUC.
Smith-Wade-El: I’m sorry and, ah, how much is it?
Hopkins: That I don’t know off the top of my head. I mean it’s not – I’m not going to try to throw out a number because I’ll be wrong. Whatever number I give you it will be wrong but we can definitely get you that information.
Smith-Wade-El: Okay. That is much appreciated.
This is unbelievable and tomorrow I will transcribe the conversation leading up to this because it needs to be documented and on the permanent record. These council members are like children. The city spent over $5 million dollars and has nothing to show for it! And Patrick Hopkins told council three years ago that “it was not risky.” And now he wants to give MAW $2.7 million dollars to go away and he doesn’t even know the pole attachment fee!
SWELL BUSINESS MODEL?
Lancaster City business administrator Patrick Hopkins and a comment posted on city council president Ismail Smith-Wade-El ‘s Facebook page about the proposed “settlement” with MAW Communications.
Actually, the city wants to pay MAW $2.7 million dollars to go away. How in the world did the city get here?
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