Archive for Thursday, June 19, 2003

Company mulling telephone tower

June 19, 2003

Eudorans will soon have the opportunity to decide whether a telephone tower in Eudora has a nice ring to it. A public hearing on the issue goes before the Eudora Planning Commission July 2.

At a meeting earlier this month, the Commission listened to a proposal from AT&T to apply for use permitted upon review for a communication tower. Bob Hurley, who spoke for AT&T, said the company was one of the last carriers to come into the market and that it needed another tower in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Hurley said the company looked at sites other than Eudora, but the towers needed to be spread equally across the coverage area, and a site near the East Hills Business Park in Lawrence wouldn't do because the terrain in the area would create a breakup in the signal.

Eudora's water towers wouldn't give the communication tower enough height, Hurley said. That's why he suggested Eudora's ballparks would make a good spot. People are accustomed to seeing tall objects at ballfields in the form of lights, and the facility could use the tower to mount more lights.

Moreover, the tower would be on city property, meaning the city would get the revenue, which could add up to $500 per month rent for the property.

The public hearing will be at the Commission's next monthly meeting, at 7:30 p.m. July 2 at Eudora City Hall, 4 E. Seventh St.

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