A meeting between residents and AT&T representatives Monday night brought some changes to a proposed cell phone tower that could be built at 418 William Street, but a new location was not among them. A group of residents representing historic downtown Cape Girardeau and homeowners living near the proposed site met with AT&T Missouri regional director Marsha Haskell and Network Real Estate independent contractor Jeff Allen, who will assist the company in constructing the tower. The biggest concern for those in attendance was aesthetics and property value. Fencing and landscaping were discussed, and the idea for a flag was dropped. While many suggestions for new locations were brought up in the meeting, Allen said none would meet the requirements necessary for the network's goal to provide better coverage in the downtown area. A bill signed Friday by Governor Jay Nixon prevents cities, counties and state entities from evaluating applications for cell phone towers based on whether there were other possible locations. The city council will vote on whether to approve the special-use permit at its Aug. 5 meeting. If approved, Allen said the tower would be complete in early 2014.
(The SE Missourian contributed to this story.)
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