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Council Passes Application For Permit For KCP&L Monopole Tower

Council Passes Application For Permit For KCP&L Monopole Tower

July 19, 2014

By Carlee Edwards

A request for a new Fiber OBill No. 14-88 was brought before the Lee’s Summit City Council during the regular session no. 5 last Thursday evening, July 10, 2014 at City Hall.

The application requesting a special use permit for a monopole tower in district PI (Planned Industrial on land located at 5 SE 16th Street for a period of fifteen years was presented by a representative from KCP&L, the applicant.

The KCP&L representative laid out for the council and the present audience a map of the KCP&L property at that location and the surrounding properties, one of which was a neighborhood.

“The reason we can’t relocate this tower to different location on our premises is because inside this building is housed all the internal communication systems this town is designed to go into,” the KCP&L representative said.

“This microwave dish emits signals similar to that shown on your TV screen, radios, and microwaves in your house.”

A letter had been sent out to any address that fell within 185 feet of the KCP&L property explaining the application filed to put up the monopole, as is their protocol. A petition was then set up but residents within that neighborhood to have the request for the monopole denied. Many signers of the petition were present at the city council meeting, and the man who received the letter spoke of his concerns to the council.

“I want to make sure you take everything into consideration before you say ok,” a resident who received a letter from KCP&L said. “I want to make sure someone is looking out for us.”

After hearing both sides of the issue, and seeing from the map that the location of the monopole would not be within 200 feet of the closest property line, and 400 feet from the nearest residential property the council voted to make the bill and ordinance.

The Council voted 7 “Aye” and 1 “No” from Councilmember Mosby after Mayor Pro Tem Gray  made the motion, second by Councilmember Binney, to direct staff to present and ordinance approving the application.

Immediately following another application was presented for a special use permit for another monopole tower in PI (Planned Industrial) District on the KCP&L property at 5 SE 16th Street in Lee’s Summit.

This application was passed as well. Councilmember Holland made a motion, second by Mayor Pro Tem Gray, and the Council voted 7 “Aye” and 1 “No”, again from Councilmember Mosby to direct staff to present an ordinance approving the application.

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