Archive for Thursday, September 11, 2003

AT&T returns call for cellular tower

September 11, 2003

The city of Eudora is answering AT&T's second call to place a cellular phone tower in Eudora. The Eudora Planning Commission has scheduled a public hearing next month regarding placement of a tower in the 400 block of West Seventh Street, a spot that AT&T's site scout Bob Herlihy said would work well for the company's cellular program.
Planning Commission Chairman Kurt von Achen said the site was already approved for a 150-foot tower, but AT&T is seeking to build a 190-foot tower, requiring the city's approval and a public hearing.
Initially Herlihy had eyed in on a spot at the city ballfields near the Church Street and Kansas Highway 10 intersection, but city leaders decided 190-foot tower didn't belong in a public park so close to residential areas.
The city had suggested Herlihy look at a site farther south of K-10, by the water tower and near the high and middle schools. However, Herlihy said in that location only one of three antennae would do any good.
On the other hand, by being farther north the site on West Seventh Street would improve coverage not just on K-10 but on Interstate 70, too.
"You get a tremendous amount of coverage for one site," Herlihy said. "We think this is probably a far better site than our original site."
The public hearing will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Eudora City Hall, 4 E. Seventh St.

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