Don Bishop 2018-02-03 02:15:47
The Napa County Planning Commission in California approved an application from AT&T to build a 64-foot monopole without requiring camouflage, as reported by Barry Eberling in the Napa Valley Register. AT&T offered to build a 93-foot tower that would look like a pine tree. County law requires telecommunications towers to blend in with the landscape so they are effectively unnoticeable, Eberling wrote. This isn’t the first time the county decided that a plain pole would be less obtrusive than a camouflaged pole. In 2013, the county’s planning commission concluded that a pine-tree monopole at another location would stick out like a sore thumb, as one commissioner put it. Eberling wrote that in other instances, the county has preferred a disguise, as it did with a wireless facility made to look like a water tower. In some locations, I’ve seen disguised towers next to plain towers. It probably had to do with preferences having changed from one time to another. A tower I saw in El Paso, Texas, over the holidays represents another interesting case. The builder disguised the tower to look like a palm tree. It might not be a convincing disguise, but at least someone made the effort. Below the disguised boom, a plain antenna mount hugs the tower. What the carrier, the tower owner or the jurisdiction might have been thinking could be difficult to learn. They normally won’t talk about such installations. Maybe you’ve seen this before, but it’s the first time I’ve seen a disguised antenna and a plain antenna on the same tower. Come and See Us AGL Media Group’s next Local Summit travels to Philadelphia. Your invitation is on Page 25. Don Bishop, Executive Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
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