Archive for Thursday, October 30, 2003

Cell tower approved in north Eudora

October 30, 2003

A new feature will jetty from the Eudora skyline when AT&T constructs a cellular phone tower in north Eudora. The Eudora City Council approved allowing the company to erect a 190-foot monopole tower on private property near the 400 block of west Seventh Street.
The Council approved the tower with the caveat the city administrator and attorney would agree to terms dictating a periodical review of the tower and that the tower would include safety lights.
Even though federal standards didn't require lights for the pole, which is neither 200 feet tall nor in a regular flight pattern, David Staab, who spoke on behalf of AT&T, said he didn't think the company would quibble with the city's request. Council member Tom Pyle said lights would be an important safety precaution considering the proximity of Kansas Highway 10 and helicopters that might need to land in Eudora to assist with accidents.
As for how soon the tower will go up, Staab said the company was waiting for building permits, but he wasn't sure whether bids had yet been taken. AT&T's struggle to build a cellular tower in Eudora began earlier this year when the company approached the city about building a 190-foot tower near the city's ballfields at K-10 and Church Street. City leaders denied the request, citing the location near homes and a park as incongruent with the surrounding neighborhood.
The company has sought to build a tower in Eudora to improve the cellular carrier's signal along K-10, but Bob Herlihy, who worked with AT&T on locating a site, said the north Eudora location would also improve the signal along Interstate 70 and points north of Eudora.

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