This reminds me of an experience I had in Carthage, Illinois. We needed to
put up a 75' communications tower in downtown Carthage, across from the
County Seat Building. There were several other towers with various heights
were clearly in view from our proposed location. And an 80' tower was located
only 1/2 block away. Since the tower would be located across from the
County building, we thought be better apply for a permit. We filled out the
permit and later the City Council advised us to attend their next meeting.
attending the meeting, the city attorney read a City Ordinance written in the
1950's that stated "no towers were allowed in the downtown area of Carthage".
I asked them "then how did the Bank just 1/2 block down the street put up
their tower, and how did the Wifi group get permission to construct their
tower on the City Library property?" After a pause, the group asked one
"did these groups ever apply for a permit to build their tower? After
discussion, the answer was "no"! The City then asked us to pay for the City
attorney to draft new rules pertaining to towers. I told them the radio
did not have funds for such an endeavor. After a big hastle and a lot of
delay... we finally got permission to put up the tower. Everyone needs to
decide for themselves whether it's better to apply for a permit or just put
tower(s) up and forget the permitting... and if problems arise "ask for
forgiveness". In either case, I suggest you take pictures and document that
tower foundation work was done according to the tower manufacturers specs.
In a message dated 3/22/2008 8:01:07 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
I put up a 90 foot tower across from Hueytown, Alabama's city hall with not
Why? because I did not ask. Your tower and communication is federally
The funny thing is 2 weeks before, a guy had went before the zoning board
for a cell
tower on the hill behind my house and was denied.
He asked me how I got away with it. Simple, I didn't ask.
Its been up 8 years now.
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