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Cell tower decision expected during Planning and Zoning meeting

DeKALB – After three requests for continuance, the DeKalb Planning and Zoning Commission is expected to make a recommendation during its Wednesday meeting on whether to allow the construction of a 140-foot cell tower.

The proposal to build the tower at 1300 S. Seventh St. was introduced during the commission’s Aug. 23 meeting.

The applicant, Central States Tower II, made a similar request two years ago, which was also continued multiple times to take the necessary steps that would allow cell services to share space on an existing AT&T tower.

Although the commission approved the request, AT&T came back with a cost estimate that was deemed too prohibitive, and the project was stopped long enough to require a new permit request.

After reviewing the petitioner’s request in August, the commission moved to continue the hearing to September to allow city staff to prepare a report and recommendation.

The meeting was extended to October, when a Verizon representative was expected to be in attendance. However, when the representative was not able to make it, another continuance was made for Wednesday.

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. in the council chambers of the DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St.

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