Cell phone tower site should work for both AT&T and taxpayers
The Eudora Planning Commission turned down AT&T's bid to build a 190-foot cellular phone tower near the ballfield adjacent to Lucy Kaegi Park because its members found it out of character with that location.
We would agree. At the proposed height that would dwarf the city's water towers, the cell phone tower would dominate the skyline in the park and become a landmark from Kansas Highway 10, which showcases the city's signature park.
There are obviously more compatible places for the tower. But in a time when cities and school districts are scrambling for revenue, it would be regrettable if the city or USD 491 couldn't find an appropriate place for the tower on their property. Tower rent rates start at $500 a month, and one at a prime location near busy K-10 should be worth more. That's not overwhelming, but enough to cover much of the expense of, for example, a temporary street employee for summer months.
Understanding the site would have to work with tower's requirements, we hope local officials work with AT&T to locate a tower in a place that benefits the company and local taxpayers.