When Roeland Park, as many cities in northeast Johnson County, signed contracts with Google in 2013, part of the agreement included the possibility of providing free service to public locations that the city could choose. A proposal submitted to the city council this week from Mayor Joel Marquardt said Google Fiber has notified the city that the company will provide one free connection if it is located “close enough to a planned Google Fiber line.” The city was asked to choose the location.
The mayor proposed the community center as the first choice, which was approved by the council, with Roesland Elementary school as an alternative if it is not feasible to make a connection at the community center. The community center programming is managed by Johnson County Parks and Recreation.
The council briefly discussed the Cedar Roe library as a site, but noted that the library system is currently involved in a facilities strategic planning process which has cast some uncertainty over the long-range future for the library location.
Google Fiber has begun the process of locating equipment huts to provide service in much of Johnson County.