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6/11/2014 10:27:00 AM
Cell phone tower approved for Viewpoint by Parks and Rec; council next
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A design drawing shows the positioning of the proposed cell phone tower among trees.
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A design drawing shows the positioning of the proposed cell phone tower among trees.
Briana Lonas
Reporter

The town's Parks and Recreation Commission has unanimously approved the Verizon cell tower location that would sit on the east side of the park, near Viewpoint Drive.

Nearly 100 Viewpoint and Pronghorn residents filled the library auditorium Tuesday night to further drive home their need for improved cell phone service within those subdivisions.

While some residents expressed a desire for the tower location to move from the Viewpoint Park, all appeared to agree that a tower would be in the best interest of the community.

A cell tower could see completion at the park by the first quarter of next year.

"You will want to go to the town council meeting," Commission Chairman Buzz Gummer told the audience.

The council will make the final decision on the cell tower and its location at a future regular meeting, Gummer said.

Last week, more than 100 residents turned out for a public meeting at the Viewpoint Park to receive more information on the latest plans for a Verizon tower that would improve cell phone reception and prevent dropped calls for those residents living at the Viewpoint and Pronghorn subdivisions.

The monopole tower design would allow for potential co-location with another carrier.

"There really is not a better location," explained Site Development Consultant Reg Destree. "What we are hoping to do is find one of the two (location) options that would be most agreeable to everyone."

If the town council approves the tower, the town could receive up to $2,000 a month per the lease agreement.

Verizon representatives hosted a public meeting years ago; at that time many people expressed a desire for better service and reception but too many opposing views regarding the pole location halted further discussion.

Since then, the communications giant took another look at Pronghorn Ranch Park, a fire district pole and an APS sub-station but many reasons cropped up as to why those locations would not work, such as deed restrictions and topography challenges, Destree explained.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, July 5, 2014
Article comment by: Susan Rough

Yeah! Finally, I am down to a 25.00 prepay phone just for when I leave. My husband is terminally ill & if we loose power we have no phone. As it is now I have to walk 1 1/2 blocks to get reception for this one. Although I understand the views of the opposition I think this is a wonderful thing. Maybe they can make it one of the towers in disguise, like the palm trees down south.

Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Article comment by: Cell Tower is Desperately Needed

Yeah! This is great news. Cell reception is extremely poor in Viewpoint and Pronghorn. The new cell tower will be a huge improvement.



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