UPDATE: Friday, July 26, 5 p.m.: A special Monticello City Council meeting has been scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, in the Academy Room at the Monticello Community Center. The subject of the meeting will be consideration of authorizing communication tower site planning activities.
Three out of five Monticello City Council members weren’t sold this week on the idea of spending $20,000 to obtain a FiberNet telecommunications tower feasibility study.
Councilmembers Lloyd Hilgart, Tom Perrault and Brian Stumpf voted Monday against the authorization. Mayor Clint Herbst and Councilmember Glen Posusta voted in favor of spending money on the feasibility study, which would have provided the council with cost figures for the potential project.
The expenditure request from city staff would have covered most of the costs associated with a regulatory review by agencies involved in citing a proposed 190-foot tower.
Earlier this month, city council members approved $2,500 for a Phase I environmental study of the proposed cell tower site located at 909 Golf Course Road.
The estimated cost to construct a communications tower as proposed ranged from $250,000 to $300,000, City Manager Jeff O’Neill, FiberNet General Manager Mark Pultusker and Community Development Director Angela Schumann reported.
See this week’s print edition of the Monticello Times for the complete story.