A new law passed by this year's
The issue was discussed during a public hearing in September. Council members tabled the issue at that time because of a
The city redrafted the ordinance but was notified Tuesday that more changes are coming.
"I just received an email concerning the new guidelines on Tuesday," Strickland said. "In order to make sure we are in compliance with this new piece of legislation, we need to do a thorough investigation before it can be presented as a proposed change. We would not be able to do that before the
House Bill 664, entitled "Cell Tower Deployment Act," went into effect on
Billingsley said that the city is looking to get more involved with the application process. The problem is the city currently doesn't have anyone that can understand the details of the application.
"They will need to hire someone to interpret the details," Billingsley said.
Billinsley said that this will cost a significant amount of money to those seeking to build or modify a tower in
"And if the application is denied, the fees are non-refundable," Billingsley said.
The ordinance will affect local businesses and radio stations that have towers. Anyone interested in the ordinance is encouraged to attend a future public hearing on the issue whenever it is reschedule.
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