Council Approves 55-Foot Wireless Tower

(Jackson, Wyo.) - After stalling again and again in Town Council, officials have officially approved a new 55-foot cellular tower in Jackson. 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. At the June 20 meeting Council continued the motion, requesting that staff do a study to determine if three carriers could be accommodated on a 55-foot structure vs. a 46-foot structure, which was the town's recommendation. The staff reports show that three carriers could in fact be on a 55-foot tower. 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. Council members approved a 55-foot tower 4-1, with Councilman Jim Stanford opposed. *Feature Photo: Mock of the cell tower at Redeemer Lutheran Church. h/t Town of Jackson staff documents / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news