The project is expected to cost Centerville $116,00 and Kettering $30,000. Kettering City Council approved a resolution last week enabling the cities to move forward with the project.
“We are working on bid specifications right now, and once those are complete, the bids will go out,” said Steve Hinshaw, Centerville’s information technologies manager. “We’re hoping to have the bids out by the end of December.”
A fiber optic connection already exists between Kettering and Oakwood, meaning that the addition of Centerville will create a continuous fiber path through the three cities.
The cities are members of the Miami Valley Communications Council, a municipal communications and technology organization that represents Centerville, Germantown, Kettering, Miamisburg, Moraine, Oakwood, Springboro and West Carrollton. One of the goals of the council is to develop and implement intergovernmental projects designed to strengthen communications between member cities and their citizens.
“It’s really about providing the backbone to assist the cities in future collaborative efforts,” Schwieterman said. “Hopefully in the future, fiber connectivity will keep us from being in a position where residents’ services would be affected.”