The Hill County Park Board Monday night reviewed plans to provide high-speed Internet access in the south Havre.
Triangle Communications representatives presented the company’s plan to install fiber-to-home technology to allow high-speed access, including installation along a route in the park.
Ken Wagner of Triangle said the schedule opens May 1, with construction planned over the summer. The actual timeline will depend on details to be worked out with contractors, he said.
The construction in Beaver Creek Park would run by the Lions Campground and along a nature trail running off from that campground.
Park Superintendent Chad Edgar and Park Board member Robbie Lucke asked if the construction would affect the trail, and the creek itself.
Edgar said there are some historical issues in disturbing the creek and its banks, including 100-year-old wagon trails.
Wagner and Bryan Raymond of Triangle said the construction itself should have little impact. The lines would be driven under the stream, and minimal digging would be done along the trail.
Edgar said the actual route proposed for the fiber-optic cable actually will run west of the nature trail.
“There’s not going to be any impact, as I see it, ” he said.
Board Vice Chair Larry Kinsella, who chaired the meeting, told the Triangle representatives to get back to Edgar for a preconstruction meeting next year.
Hill County Commission Chair Mike Wendland agreed. Edgar could bring the results of that planning meeting to the commission and the park board to look at details and finalize the planning before construction begins, he said.