Fri, Jan. 17

Community hearing set for proposed Clarkdale cell tower

Residents can give input to the company that has proposed a cell tower in Clarkdale during a Feb. 17 neighborhood hearing at Nate's Cowboy Cafe.

Jodie Filardo, Clarkdale community and economic development director, said the town has received a conditional use permit from Capital Telecom to locate a cell tower in Clarkdale.

"As the applicant, they are responsible for setting up a neighborhood meeting if they so choose," she said in an email.

A Capital Telecom representative will listen to residents' concerns from 4 to 4:45 p.m. at the restaurant near the proposed cell tower site, said Clarkdale resident Karen Daniels.

Verizona Wireless had a cell tower application in process last year, but withdrew its proposal in March to find a location with appropriate zoning.

Senior Planner Beth Escobar said at the time that historic district zoning was adopted in 2013. Those rules allow for wireless facilities with conditional use permits in commercial and industrial zones, Escobar said.

Towers up to 65 feet can be considered there, but that cap is at 200 if it is located somewhere like behind the slag pile near Clarkdale Metals.

Filardo said the town is still awaiting some additional items from Capital Telecom, but that the Planning Commission is tentatively planning to review that application at its March 17 meeting at 4 p.m. in the Clark Memorial Clubhouse.

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