Cell tow­ers rules re­viewed

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - FRONT PAGE - AN­NETTE BEARD abeard@nwadg.com

GARFIELD — Pre­par­ing for the fu­ture, Garfield Mayor Gary Black­burn pre­sented an or­di­nance leg­is­lat­ing the place­ment, con­struc­tion and main­te­nance of cell tow­ers on the City

Coun­cil agenda. The or­di­nance will be on its sec­ond read­ing at the Fe­bru­ary City Coun­cil meet­ing. An or­di­nance can be adopted af­ter its third read­ing.

“This is a big deal,” Black­burn told coun­cil mem­bers at the Jan­uary meet­ing, when the or­di­nance was read by ti­tle only.

“One day some­body is go­ing to come to town, buy land and put a tower there. This doc­u­ment will

pro­vide pro­tec­tion for ev­ery­body. Let’s get the word out and let peo­ple know what’s go­ing on.”

Black­burn said he got the or­di­nance from the Arkansas Mu­nic­i­pal League and said the coun­cil mem­bers may “fine tune” it at their dis­cre­tion.

One item in the or­di­nance gov­erns “fall zones” stat­ing that the min­i­mum dis­tance from the base of any tower to any res­i­den­tial dwelling unit or com­mer­cial build­ing shall be the height of the tower un­less all per­sons own­ing said res­i­dences or com­mer­cial build­ings shall con­sent in a signed writ­ing …”

Black­burn said he wel­comes in­put from Garfield res­i­dents.

A copy of the or­di­nance is avail­able at Garfield City Hall.

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