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Augustus Comes to Agreement on Ecotarium Cell Tower Site

Thursday, December 18, 2014

 

On Wednesday evening, City Manager Ed Augustus came to an agreement with the Ecotarium on where the 150 foot cell tower will be located. As GoLocal reported, the City Council expressed their concern over the proposed siting of the tower and urged the City Manager to negotiate an alternative.

In a released statement, Augustus said "I am pleased to report that, after a productive meeting today between me, the EcoTarium and American Tower, we have come to an agreement to address many concerns brought forward by the neighborhood and the council regarding the siting of a new wireless communication tower."

The original proposed site of the tower was going to be on land across the street from the Ecotarium museum. While the Ecotarium and American Tower were discussing where to put the tower, the city was offering the Ecotarium $300,000 for land conservation. The City Council asked Augustus to withhold the money until the Ecotarium found a more appropriate location that wouldn't be an eye sore on the neighborhood.

The tower will now be located on the east side of Ecotarium's fenced in land and the city will pay the Ecotarium the funding for conservation restriction on the land across the street.

Augustus said, "I believe this solution is in the best interests of all involved. I want to thank all the parties for coming to the table to work out an agreement that addresses the valid concerns of the neighborhood. Neither side was under any obligation to make changes to their proposal, but they are doing so out of a good faith desire do the right thing."

 

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