Thursday, September 12, 2013
We had a cell tower company come before us requesting a variance for land usage to permit the construction of a tower in downtown Tipton. This entailed procedures and due diligence on the part of the commission members, then finally a decision. We rejected the request on perfectly valid grounds, none of which need to be rehearsed here these many years later. Anyway, the petitioners got into a Huff and drove away. A Huff is a very useful vehicle, for it often removes annoying people from the scene.
At any rate, the petitioner, as was his right, appealed the decision to the Board of Zoning Appeals. I might say here that that board over the years displayed significant confidence in the recommendations of the Plan Commission, for seldom did they rule contrary to our decision. They upheld this ruling, and to this day, there is no cell tower in the center of our city.
We did recommend that, since we have two fine water towers owned by our local utility, cell companies might pursue the possibility of leasing space on the water towers for placement of antennae. Tower companies, of course, are not interested in this sort of thing because they are in the tower business, not the telephone business. See, phone companies simply lease available space from owners of tall structures. This is why, as you drive along certain highways you will see completed towers totally devoid of antennae. Tower built, phone company not interested.
It is my understanding, and I have not researched this, that some cell providers do contract the construction of a tower in certain circumstances. But this is not about cell phone service, but about some of my fun times as a commissioner.