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Sycamore City Council to rule on Metronet expansion, self-storage proposal

Kathy Scheller, who works in external affairs for MetroNet, speaks about the company's plans for bringing fiber-optic services to the city during a DeKalb City Council Committee of the Whole meeting March 12.
Kathy Scheller, who works in external affairs for MetroNet, speaks about the company's plans for bringing fiber-optic services to the city during a DeKalb City Council Committee of the Whole meeting March 12.

SYCAMORE – The Sycamore City Council will consider both a proposal from an internet provider to expand service and a special use request to develop an indoor self-service storage facility during its meeting Monday.

MetroNet, a fiber-optic communication provider serving more than 32 communities in Indiana and Illinois, is submitting a nonexclusive franchise agreement to construct and operate a cable system in Sycamore. A similar agreement was approved by the DeKalb City Council at its last meeting.

The term of the deal would be 10 years, and MetroNet will pay the city a franchise fee in the amount equal to
5 percent of the annual gross revenue received from operating the cable system in the franchise area.

A public hearing will take place before city officials vote on the agreement.

Part of MetroNet’s plans will be the construction and operation of a 52-foot commercial antenna tower at 2535 Bethany Road. The council will vote on this proposal after the Sycamore Planning Commission recommended MetroNet’s special use request without opposition.

Also on the agenda is a special use permit request from Douglas Olson of Franklin Development Trust Inc. to redevelop the former Brown’s County Market building, 403 E. State St., into an indoor self-service storage facility.

The council already approved text amendments to the city’s unified development ordinance submitted by Olson to set definitions for such a facility. His plan is to reshape the building into a storage space while keeping the Family Dollar, 411 E. State St., and adding two small commercial suites.

The total initial investment would be about $1.9 million, which would include roof replacement, reworking of the front facade and repainting.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. in the Sycamore City Center, 308 W. State St.

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