Originally reported by Inside Towers publication.
A proposal to reduce the allowable height of cell towers in Rolling Meadows, IL from 75 to 45 feet has failed, following the city aldermen’s second vote on the measure. An application by Verizon, represented by Central States Tower, for a 75-foot tower is still pending. Alderman Mike Cannon voted against the motion, saying the ordinance would harm the city’s attempts to be business-friendly, as reported by the Daily Herald. Rolling Meadows Park District signed a 25-year agreement with Central States Tower to lease the land for the proposed tower at a rate of $24,000 per year.
According to a report from the Daily Herald, Verizon originally applied to install a 110-foot pole in Kimball Hill Park but reduced the proposed height to 75 feet when nearby residents expressed concerns about the pole’s effect on property values. City officials are currently holding Verizon’s application while they await a reply from Central States Tower to their appeals that the pole not be illuminated or have a flag attached. Officials also implore the company to consider moving the site of the proposed pole 600 feet east, further from nearby backyards.