Roswell approves new cell tower

150-foot tower fills service gap

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ROSWELL, Ga. – In a 5-1 vote, the Roswell City Council approved a 150-foot cellular antenna near Holcomb Bridge Road and Grimes Bridge Road. 

TowerCom, LLC applied for the monopole, on which it hopes to place five wireless carriers. While there are residential homes in close vicinity of the pole, the site is zoned commercial.

Attorney for TowerCom, David Kirk, said there is a “significant service deficiency” in the area in the coverage of Metro PCS, which would be the primary user of the pole.

Nearby residents expressed concerns about property values and, primarily, their view, should the tower go in. A pole that is made to look like a tree was the consensus from the residents.

Kirk reminded the council that, under federal law, cellular structures are not allowed to be denied based on aesthetic reasons.    

The only dissenting vote for approval was Councilmember Rich Dippolito.

“I’m generally opposed to cell towers,” he said, especially when they are made to look like trees – something he said they don’t do very well.

“It’s really difficult to make them look right,” he said. “I would love to see cellphone companies make their poles more attractive.”

ALSO AT THE MEETING:

  • The council voted unanimously to issue $10 million in bonds.

The money would be spent to begin construction on a new Fire Station No. 4 in East Roswell, improvements to Holcomb Bridge Road and Eves Road, construction of synthetic turf fields and a multi-use trail on Holcomb Bridge Road.

Roswell voters approved the issuance of $14.7 million in bonds during the November referendum – $4.7 million in bonds will be issued next year after July 1

The city can expect between 1.4 and 1.8 percent interest on the bonds, said Finance Director Keith Lee.

  • Budget-wise, 2012 was a pretty good year for Roswell, said City Finance Director Keith Lee.

The city underwent an audit of its fiscal year 2012 finances, and the results showed added income.

Net assets rose by $7 million. Property taxes count for 30 percent of revenues and sale taxes make up 23 percent.

The general fund saw revenue of $1.4 million higher than budgeted (up 2.4 percent) and expenditures were $2.3 million less than budgeted (down 4.1 percent).

“[This is] a good signal that things are up in the city,” said Councilmember Rich Dippolito.

Mayor Jere Wood added that federal grants added up to $2.4 million for city projects, largely capital projects.