News Spotlight: Meridian Township Issues Cease and Desist Order to Internet Provider’s Subcontractor

Internattional, Inc. No Longer Authorized to Perform Work in the Township

 Meridian Township, MI – Effective June 30, International, Inc., the subcontractor for MetroNet, is no longer authorized to perform work in Meridian Township due to repeated public safety concerns.

On June 28, 2022, Meridian Township Fire Department and Department of Public Works responded to a gas leak on Hickorywood Drive in Okemos caused by underground drilling being performed by Internattional Inc.

Upon arrival, a Meridian Township firefighter/paramedic reported that a worker from Internattional Inc. was digging in a hole near the gas leak. The worker from Internattional Inc. was asked to stop digging, but did not comply until the firefighter/paramedic forced them to leave the area so a safety perimeter could be established for Consumers Energy to repair the gas leak.

As a result of this incident and past concerns regarding work performed, an indefinite cease and desist order has been issued to Internattional Inc.

At this time, residents are asked to not remove any Miss Dig flags that have been placed in their yards. The Township has asked MetroNet to complete all backfilling of holes, yard restoration work and to remove all appropriate Miss Dig flags by Wednesday, July 13 at 5:00 pm.

“In the interest of public safety, Internattional Inc. is no longer permitted to work in Meridian Township,” said Dan Opsommer, Assistant Township Manager. “We will continue to work with residents to ensure MetroNet properly restores their yards and removes the appropriate Miss Dig flags by Wednesday, July 13.”

MetroNet’s subcontractor was actively working in the following neighborhoods when the cease and desist order went into effect: Tacoma Hills 2, 6; Sanders Tacoma Hills 2, 3; Shaker Heights; Forest Hills 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; Cornell Woods 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8; and Cornell Woods North.

MetroNet is working to find a new subcontractor to complete their work in Meridian Township and will be required to update all existing permits with the Township before resuming any work that is not related to backfilling holes, yard restoration and removing Miss Dig flags.

For additional questions, please contact the Department of Public Works at [email protected].