By Tim Kowols
The Kewaunee County budget will not feature a line item for broadband Internet expansion after it was formally approved by a 19-1 vote. The lone dissenting vote was made by Algoma supervisor Linda Teske. An allocation of one million dollars for the expansion project was ultimately nixed by the full board because the lack of a firm plan for the money being budgeted. Kewaunee County Board member Lee Luft says he was in support of the broadband expansion funding staying in the budget. He believes the line item was a strong message to the entire community that Kewaunee County was ready to improve its current broadband infrastructure.
Luft says he was encouraged by Kewaunee County Board Chairperson Robert Weidner’s commitment to creating a commission to evaluate different proposals and come up with a solid plan. The board also approved contributing $40,000 to the Kewaunee County Economic Development Corporation to fund their efforts.