Worker Housing Sought for Broadband Projects

Finding housing for fiber installers would help expedite the hookup of better internet access throughout the Town of Baileys Harbor, a committee chair told the town board last week.

“If there is some way we can figure out how to find housing for six to 12 crew members, it would be lovely to have them embedded here in Baileys Harbor throughout the construction season,” broadband committee chair Kurt Kiefer said, noting that they could spend their entire days working here rather than wasting part of those work days driving. While still awaiting access to utility poles, the committee and Cellcom’s Nsight internet officials have between 225 and 250 residences planned for connection in 2023 so far.

Kiefer asked anyone with property available or other thoughts about housing to contact the town office, the Baileys Harbor Community Association at [email protected] or 920.421.4366, or committee members at [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected].

Town chair Don Sitte encouraged Kiefer to put out the call again during the April 18 annual town meeting. 

Recordings of broadband workshops, each of which were attended by 25-40 people this winter, were recorded and available on the Door County Library’s YouTube channel and links on the town and Baileys Harbor Community Association sites. 

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