Plans to Build Waukesha Cell Tower Delayed
CBS 58- Plans to build a cell tower behind the Buen Samaritano Church were delayed Wednesday night.
The Waukesha Plan Commission voted unanimously to grant a 45 day extension, which both the city and US Cellular wanted.
Plans to build a cell tower behind the Buen Samaritano Church sparked protests from residents nearby. Wednesday night the plan commission held off approving the permit, after US Cellular submitted a new design proposal Monday.
â€œThey tweaked the design of the tower and the city wants time to review that design to make sure it passes muster,â€ said Alderman Joe Pieper, who represents the area for the proposed tower.
The current Cell tower sits on Waukesha county land, near the expo center. In a statement US Cellular says during this 45 day extension they will continue to negotiate with the county.
â€It is always been our preference to stay at our current location, provided we can come to agreement with the county on reasonable terms,â€ said Curtis Graham, U.S. Cellular Director of Regional Engineering, in a statement.
But if those negations donâ€™t pan out there isnâ€™t much the city can do to stop the cell tower from being built behind the church. State Law doesnâ€™t allow local governments to decline towers based on how tall they are, how they look, or even where they're located.
â€œOur hands are tied in a lot of respects because of that law,â€ Ald. Pieper said. â€œSo itâ€™s been challenging for me to tell my constituents that thereâ€™s little we can do.â€
The Plan Commission will take the matter up again at their meeting on March 22.