The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Camanche

July 3, 2014

Power cut to Digitrans equipment

CAMANCHE — Digitrans Internet customers in Camanche will no longer have access to the internet after the city decided Wednesday to cease power on the company’s equipment.

Mayor Ken Fahlbeck urged the Camanche City Council on Tuesday to move forward with a decision to cut the power to the company, after the company has defaulted on more than a year’s worth of lease payments for rental to the city, Fahlbeck said.

“This Digitrans lease has expired a year ago but we have not received a payment from them going on over a year now,” Fahlbeck said. “And their equipment is still on our water tower. I am against this 100 percent. Nobody else is allowed to anything like this.”

The discussion of the lease between the city and Digitrans has been an ongoing battle for Fahlbeck and the Camanche City Council, which has attempted to contact the company on multiple occasions to issue delinquency notices.

Camanche City Administrator Tom Roth informed the council Tuesday that he had tried to reach out to the company’s owner through several different mediums including e-mail and telephone, but hadn’t received any contact from the company.

With continued failed attempts to reach a representative of Digitrans, the city council instructed Public Works Director Dave Rickertsen to cut the power to the company’s equipment. It was confirmed Wednesday that it had been done.

Prior to shutting down the equipment, Rickertsen first needed clearance from City Attorney Tom Lonergan, who wanted to review the contract agreement one last time, and attempt to contact the lease holder before moving forward.

“We could have voided the contract a long time ago if we had reason to but what we wanted was the rent,” Lonergan said during Tuesday’s meeting. “We tried to just generate enough interest so that they would make the payments. That’s what we wanted. But, I agree, we can’t let them continue operating unless they’re paying their rent so at this point, I think we’re probably OK to shut the power off.”

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