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School board dislikes idea for cell phone antenna

Staff writer

A proposed cell phone tower, or a cell phone antenna mounted on a city water tower, drew yet another objection Monday.

The idea of installing a Verizon cell phone tower in the city has been argued over since March.

Marion school board members discussed the latest idea for a cell phone antenna — mounted on top of the city’s old water tower west of the high school — and voted to send the city a letter expressing their concern.

Superintendent Aaron Homburg said the board is not against granting an access easement to the water tower on school property, but does not want a cell tower on school property.

Verizon Wireless originally proposed to build a 129-foot monopole telecommunications tower at Commercial and Forest Sts. Neighbors objected to that plan, citing health and safety fears and alleging violation of city zoning regulations. They filed a protest petition. The plan was tabled in late March.

In May, Verizon asked for time to seek a different location for the cell tower in order to appease neighbors of the first proposed location.

In October, council members considered a request to allow Verizon access to the city’s old water tower west of the high school so they could determine if the water tower would be a suitable place to mount an antenna. Resident Darvin Markley urged council members to delay a decision until the school district was consulted.

Mayor Todd Heitschmidt spoke to the school board last month, and the school board took it under advisement until Monday.

Last modified Nov. 14, 2019