[r65] Legislation Brings Cellular Service for Cordry-Sweetwater (3/11/2010)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Start Date: 3/11/2010 All Day
End Date: 3/11/2010

Legislation Brings Cellular Service for Cordry-Sweetwater

Legislature Amends Conservancy District Act

   STATEHOUSE-Residents of the Cordry-Sweetwater area will soon have cellular telephone service as a result of legislation passed recently by the Indiana General Assembly.

      Senate Bill 110, co-sponsored by State Rep. Eric Koch (R-Bedford) whose district includes the area, amends the Indiana Conservancy District Act to allow a district board of directors to enter into leases of land to providers of commercial mobile services that allow for the construction, use, and maintenance of towers used for telecommunications purposes.  Indiana statutes specifically enumerate the powers of conservancy district boards and current law does not allow the leasing of land.

     "I was contacted early in the session by the attorney for the conservancy district board concerning this issue and worked closely with Sen. Simpson and other legislators to get this done," said Rep. Koch.  "A telecommunications provider is ready to bring service to the Cordry-Sweetwater area once this becomes law and they can lease the land for the tower.  I have heard from dozens of constituents in the area who are looking forward to the service for reasons that include both safety and convenience.  The lease has the added benefit of providing a stream of revenue to the district."

     Rep. Koch serves House District 65, which includes the Cordry-Sweetwater area, and is a member of the House Commerce, Energy, Technology & Utilities Committee.