Archive for Thursday, October 9, 2003

Cellular tower recommended for West Seventh Street location

October 9, 2003

A once-rejected cellular phone tower is one step closer to finding a home in Eudora. The Eudora Planning Commission has recommended the Eudora City Council allow AT&T to build a 190-foot tower in north Eudora.
The recommended location is near the 500 block of West Seventh Street, an area previously approved for a 150-foot tower. The recommendation for the Seventh Street site comes after the City Council rejected a proposal to place a tower at the ballfields near Kansas Highway 10 and Church Street. Those opposing the proposition said a tower in that area would have detracted from the area's park-like atmosphere and that it would have negatively impacted the surrounding neighborhood.
The new location, however, was already approved for a cellular tower. Moreover, the area would actually be a better fit for AT&T than the previously-scouted site, said Bob Herlihy, who has been conducting a site search for the company. The West Seventh Street location would boost coverage to the south on K-10 and to the north on Interstate 70 and any future Eudora growth in that direction.
At this site, Herlihy said, AT&T would be able to use all three antennae off the tower.
AT&T had thought about putting a lattice tower in that location, but Herlihy said it was thought a monopole tower would be visibly less intrusive. To help make the site more aesthetic, Herlihy said a 20-foot-by-20-foot portion of the site containing the tower could be fenced in.
Utilities could be brought in from the right-of-way, he said, and an asphalt road could provide access to the site.

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