A cell phone tower will be built on Gary park land (Indiana), the city’s Common Council decided Tuesday, according to the Chicago Tribune. The city council was unanimous in their support for a special use permit allowing the land in Ambridge Park, 1900 W. 2nd Ave., to have a 95-foot-tall tower. The tower would be erected by PI Tower Development in what is now left field of the local high school program’s ballpark.
The proposed site, a 40-foot by 60-foot plot, is planned to accommodate Verizon, officials said. The Gary city government would receive $20,000 annual payments for use of the land, with additional revenue possible if used by other carriers. That money would go to the Parks Department for use in maintaining the area, the Tribune reported.
Councilman Michael Protho, a retired high school coach, said he plans to monitor the tower’s development to ensure the tower does not interfere with baseball being played in Ambridge Park. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, who personally handled the city’s end of negotiations said that legally, the city Parks Department is not obligated to address the high school’s concerns, according to the Tribune.
October 20, 2017
Pennsylvania State Police are searching for thieves who stole copper items from a cell tower facility in Franklin County earlier this month, according to WPMT-TV.
Police said someone entered the AT&T Cell Tower along the 1700 block of Ridge Road in Southampton Township on October 8, and stole approximately 200 feet of copper wire and five solid copper buss bars.
October 20, 2017
Most municipalities have difficulty coming to a consensus regarding communications towers, but one city council managed to vote unanimously to reject and approve a proposed cell tower in one meeting. At Canyon City’s October 11 city council meeting, members debated granting a conditional use permit for a 195-foot U.S. Cellular cell tower at 10th Street and Hall Avenue. Verizon Wireless and AT&T already operate in the city.
According to the Blue Mountain Eagle, the council members voted unanimously against the tower, claiming constituents were concerned about aesthetics and its proximity to a school. Within minutes, members had adjusted their viewpoint. Frank Primozic shared the evolving sentiments of his fellow council members, “We would love to have the tower. It’s just the location they picked couldn’t be worse from an aesthetic standpoint.” A final vote unanimously approved construction of the tower if it can be sited closer to the city’s industrial park, rather than residential neighborhoods.
During the same meeting, Canyon City officials postponed a vote to join the Grant County Digital Network Coalition. The coalition was created after neighboring city, John Day, received a $1.82 million grant from the state to install a 75-mile, 144-strand fiber cable on power poles from Burns to John Day. The fiber is intended to improve broadband internet service in the county. John Day City Manager, Nick Green, explained the region’s county would slow down without current technologies. He told the council his goal was to improve internet service for the entire county. “My goal is to take the county from the second worst to the second best (in the state).”
October 19, 2017