A moratorium of understanding that would have fast-tracked the emergency installation of fiber optic cables for the Nisqually Indian Tribe’s emergency services was unanimously tabled on Thursday, April 2, by the Thurston Board of County Commissioners.
The moratorium would allow the Tribe the legal authority to use the county’s right of way to lay wire along Reservation Road between the community center and its emergency center.
Commissioner Gary Edwards said he was for the project, but wanted to insure that, under the moratorium, the county is not liable if the project is delayed or if other problems arise. Commissioner John Hutchings agreed.
“As long as the county’s safe and covered, I’m OK with it,” Hutchings said. “If they’re trying to hook up their EOC and connect it with other organizations and buildings and entities within the tribe, I don’t want to hold that up for them. If there’s no cost to the county, I just want to make sure we’re covered.”