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New digger truck for electric department

The North Platte City Council approved a cell tower on the edge of the city Tuesday, in stark contrast to controversial rejections of previous towers near the center of town.

The 130-foot-tall cell tower will be built south of the 1600 block of East Philip Ave. between York and Welch Streets. It well be on farm land, virtually out of sight in any residential areas.

No one from the public spoke for or against the tower.

This tower will stand be well off the streets, twice as far as the setback required. The site is screened by existing landscape, including trees. Traffic will not increase, since there is only room for one vehicle to park there, which is typical during monthly maintenance, according to planning documents.

There will be no on-site generator and no fuel storage on the site. Generators may be towed in for emergencies, the council learned during discussion.

This tower will be used by Tisdale Nebraska, LLC, a company that does not cover North Platte. Tisdale made an effort to co-locate on a nearby tower owned by Viaero Wireless, who was unwilling to allow co-location, according to information presented to the council.

Tisdale’s corporate headquarters are in Wilmington, Del.

The cell tower will be built by Horvath Communications of South Bend, Ind. Horvath constructs towers and normally leases the space to cell service providers.

In other business, the council:

• Accepted a bid of $176,741 from Altec Industries, Inc. for a 2014 45-foot digger derrick mounted on a 2015 cab and chassis for the electric department. The derrick truck will replace a 10-year-old unit that was used nearly every day for setting poles, pulling wires and various other duties, according to council documents. The old truck was traded in as part of the deal.

• Approved was a special designated license application by Fun Center, Inc., doing business as Cedar Bowl/Touchdown Club, for a mixed martial arts event at the D&N Event Center from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on March 15.

• Approved the appointment of David Walsh to the Airport Authority board, replacing Dr. Ben Lashley.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 2/5/2014
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