By Garrett Estrada

Ely Times Staff Writer

Better phone and internet connectivity are coming to White Pine County after the County Commission voted to approve plans by AT&T and Business Continuity Technologies at their last meeting on March 12.

After having a discussion on an agenda item addressing a “conceptual plan to improve phone and data connectivity in White Pine County,” the commission approved a proposal from AT&T to install a high-speed T1 internet line in the county as well as having BCT install a professional business telephone system from Avaya.

As identified in the agenda items, the new internet lines from AT&T will cost roughly $6,500 to install and another $30,000 for a wireless network from The Avaya phone system was approved for a cost not to exceed $99,300.42 for installation.

The motions were approved by the commission 3-1, with Mike Coster voting no and Mike Lemich absent from the meeting.

The commission also voted unanimously to send a letter to the Board of Dental Examiners of Nevada requesting they “waive the requirements of NRS 631.300” for any applicant intending to practice dental hygiene in the county since the dental hygiene needs are “underserved in the area.”

The commission tabled an agenda item regarding funding to “support small business counseling services” until after the budget workshops on March 26. The building permit fee of $3,672.49 for the new administrative building was waived after a unanimous vote by the commission.

The team appointed to negotiate the inter local contract with the city of Ely for fire, police and animal control was disbanded and the commission granted Elizabeth Fraces authority to appoint the new team to take its place, both by 3-1 votes with Mike Coster the sole “no” vote.

Two new appointments were also approved at the meeting with Kevin Robinson appointed to the White Pine County Golf Advisory Board and Saundra Robertson appointed to the Library Board.