Wi-fi Internet connections as public utility is an increasingly common feature of many cities, but Stanton isn’t quite ready to hook up.
At Tuesday’s meeting of the city council, Gene Curcio of WiFi Wireless Inc. of Aliso Viejo spoke about the company’s hopes for creating a “model program” in Stanton.
“We’re willing to do this on our own dime,” said Curcio. “We want to see it done right” and to serve as a template for the “rest of the country.”
The wi-fi network would provide “low-cost communications” for Stantonites.
But the council majority was less enthused. Although Mayor David Shawver expressed interest, three of the five were not willing to consider such a project, for now.
“I don’t want to burden the staff at this time,” said Councilman Brian Donahue. “We are getting ahead of ourselves.”
The council did vote unanimously Tuesday night to give final approval to an ordinance that would ban most outdoor collection boxes in the city.
Also Tuesday night, Shawver announced he wanted the city to consider a moratorium on massage parlors in Stanton.
Additionally, he announced that the state Department of Finance wanted to take $9 million from Stanton’s general fund. “We thought the robbery was over,” he said. “We worked very hard to build up the city’s reserves to a place where we felt comfortable and now they’re back for more money.”
According to Shawver, sending $9 million back to Sacramento would slash the city’s general fund reserves by 72 percent. He added that the state also planned to take $4 million from the Stanton Housing Authority.