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Tower antenna issue on hold

Thursday, February 21, 2008

MINER -- Miner officials will seek the advice of the city engineer before making a decision on allowing antennas to be put on a city water tower.

During the regular Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday, Charles Atchison presented city officials with information about his wireless Internet company including pictures of one of his antennas located on Morehouse's water tower.

He explained he would like to place two antennas on one of Miner's water towers: one to receive from a hub, and one to transmit to users.

Atchison brought two versions of a lease agreement for review, one of which would offer free Internet access to the city and the other which offers a 4-percent franchise fee.

Mayor Betty Barnes said she is not against having an antenna on the city's water tower but would have to hear from the city's engineer, Norman Lambert, before the board would consider it.

"I'd like for him to give us an opinion," she said.

In other business Tuesday:

* The purchase of a computer costing about $650 for the fire department was approved.

"Theirs was old when they got it," said City Clerk Janet Tuttle.

Randy Allen, fire chief, said his department already has $500 to put toward the purchase from donations. * Board members tabled a decision on a copy machine for the fire department to allow officials time to research lease options. * A trailer put on a lot within the city by Ray Guzman without an inspection or permits must be moved by the end of the month or citations will be issued.

Allen said the trailer is not in compliance with city codes. * Barnes complimented the city's police, fire department and dispatchers on their response during the recent ice storm.

Alderman Frank Tatum said that while the ice storm was not a disaster, it did give some indication of the city's ability to respond should a disaster occur. * William Kosky, public works superintendent, advised the board that public works needs a current master map.

"It's a tremendous asset to the city to get that updated," he said.