April 18, 2014

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Avon park could host cell phone tower

AVON — City Council approved an ordinance authorizing a city-owned conservation area along Mills Road to be considered as a location for a cell phone tower.
The 29-acre water conservation area wasn’t included with other parks when the city mapped out its regulations on where cell phone towers could be located in 2001, according to Jim Piazza, the city’s planning coordinator.
The city benefits from the lease agreements obtained by allowing the tower to be built there.
The authorization comes two months after Verizon requested a permit to construct a tower in the southern section of the city. Although the cell phone provider did some initial engineering work at Schwartz Park, Verizon took interest in the southern location of Mills Road upon finding out that the city owned land there, according to Piazza.
He said he expected Verizon to officially make the request for the tower next month during a Planning Commission meeting, and that the city’s authorization was the first step of the process.
The city’s charter regulates that towers can stand no more than 200- feet tall.
Piazza said he suspects Verizon to build a monopole—a support structure constructed of a single, self-supporting hollow metal tube—that’ll stand no more than 150-feet tall. The area where the tower is proposed is at least 800 feet away from surrounding residents.
Contact Stephen Szucs at 329-7129 or sszucs@chroniclet.com.