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Former County Warden Named As One of Nine Directors To Eastern Ontario Regional Network
Pembroke, (ON): Bob Sweet, former Warden of the County of Renfrew and former member of the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC), has been appointed as a past member to the Wardens’ Caucus to the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN). EORN is a $170 million project funded by federal, provincial and municipal governments and private sector investment. Work to build a 5,500-km fibre optic network, including laying 400 kilometres of new cable, is already well underway, and the goal of EORN is to deliver high speed throughout Eastern Ontario. EORN is a non-profit organization established by the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus to manage the awarding of contracts to develop the high speed network.
County of Renfrew Warden Peter Emon was pleased with the appointment. “Our County Council is thrilled that Mayor Sweet will represent the interests of our county on EORN. As a past Warden, and an ardent supporter of this high speed project since its inception, Mayor Sweet is well versed in the needs of both residents and businesses throughout the County of Renfrew.”
The Board of Directors are appointed by the EOWC to oversee the project. As Mayor Sweet pointed out, “the Board of Directors is comprised of nine Directors, and they include five past Wardens, two appointed members of the public, and a First Nations representative. Together, we will help oversee the awarding of contracts to service providers to help bring high speed service to Eastern Ontario. This will be a tremendous boost not only to our residents, but more importantly, it will greatly assist in the economic development of our region.”
Mayor Sweet’s appointment to the Board of Directors was confirmed through a recommendation of the County of Renfrew Striking Committee and it was passed by County Council at its January 30, 2013 session.
The Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC) has awarded a Local Access Contract that will provide nearly 31,000 homes and businesses access to high-speed Internet across a region that stretches through the northern Ottawa Valley and covers much of eastern Renfrew County. The service will be available in fall 2013.
For more information:
Peter Emon Warden of the County of Renfrew 613-735-7288
Bob Sweet Town of Petawawa Mayor 613-687-5536
Jim Hutton County of Renfrew CAO/Clerk 613-735-7288