New cell tower stalls again in Town Council

(Jackson, Wyo.) - At the Town of Jackson Council meeting on Monday, councilors once again stalled on a proposal to put a new cellular tower in Jackson. At Monday's meeting, Atlas Tower presented a request considering a Conditional Use Permit to allow a new 55-foot wireless communications tower and associated equipment at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, at 275 North Willow Street in Jackson. Town staff had recommended a 46-foot tower, while the company was proposing a 55-foot tower, explaining that the 55-foot tower would be able to accommodate three cellular carriers. During the last three years, Verizon Wireless has proposed the addition of cellular facilities at the Center for the Arts, at the Fairgrounds, at a rooftop on Center Street and at the top of the town parking garage, but has been rejected for all proposals. According to Verizon documents sent to the Town of Jackson, the increase in demand for 4G-LTE service in Jackson will require the addition of three to four new cellular facilities in the town. The document states that expanded 4G-LTE service is especially important during busy tourist seasons. "Currently, a single site is providing service to majority of town," said Travis Griffin on behalf of Verizon Wireless in a March 2016 meeting. Councilwoman Hailey Mortan Levinson and Councilman Jim Stanford pushed for a 46-foot cell tower. Mayor Sara Flitner and Councilman Don Frank voted for the 55-foot tower, stating that a taller tower will reduce the number of towers needed in the future. With Councilman Bob Lenz absent from the meeting, council members were split on the decision. They decided to continue the conversation until the full council is in attendance. More information about the most recent cellular facility tower is available here. *Feature Photo: Mock of the cell tower at Redeemer Lutheran Church. h/t Town of Jackson staff documents / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news