considers construction of cell phone tower
February 5, 2009 | PARADISE -- Verizon Wireless wants
to buildi an antenna tower in Paradise to give customers
better data coverage.
Connie Misket of Verizon Wireless came to the Town
Council meeting to talk about options Verizon had for
building a tower near the cemetery. Paradise has a zoning
ordinance restricting antenna towers to 40 feet tall
and 24 inches wide, but Misket said they may need a
wider tower if it has to be shorter than 40 feet.
Mayor Lee Atwood said he was concerned if he altered
the rules for Verizon, he may need to allow other companies
special rules because it might be difficult for them
to comply with the current zoning ordinance too.
Atwood was also concerned that Verizon didn't really
need a tower in Paradise, because he felt the coverage
they provided was better than other companies and was
adequate in the south end of Cache Valley.
One suggestion made to Misket was to build the tower
on county land that didn't have the same zoning ordinance
Councilman Dale Anderson said if they were going to
build a tower near the town many people would consider
it part of Paradise regardless, and attribute any unsightliness
to Paradise, so they might as well build it on town
property and receive money for a lease.
Misket was asked to take the suggestions she was given
and present them to Verizon's engineers, and then schedule
another meeting with the town council to move forward
with the plans.