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Cell tower planned near residential area

Fourth Street and Third Avenue intersection in Bowman eyed as possible site for large telecommunications tower.

Plans for a telecommunications tower next to a residential area within the city limits of Bowman will be up for discussion at a public hearing next month.
Plans for a telecommunications tower next to a residential area within the city limits of Bowman will be up for discussion at a public hearing next month.

By BRYCE MARTIN
Pioneer Editor | bmartin@countrymedia.net

Plans for a telecommunications tower next to a residential area within the city limits of Bowman will be up for discussion at a public hearing next month.

Bowman Zoning Administrator Cheryl Ryan told The Pioneer on Wednesday that Design1 of Eden Prairie, Minn., on behalf of Verizon Communications, had submitted an application last week for a conditional use permit to construct a 100-foot, or taller, cellular tower.

The proposed site of the tower is at the southeast corner of the intersection between Fourth Street Northwest and Third Avenue West in the city’s Northside Addition, directly south of the ball field.

Land in that space is zoned for commercial use, though it abuts a residential area.

Ultimately it is Ryan’s call to determine if the project fits into the commercial zone’s designated uses, but she said she had to be fair to the applicant when weighing the decision.

Ryan said there is still due diligence to complete prior to the public hearing, scheduled for 5:15 p.m. July 12 at Bowman City Hall, including a review of current federal legislation regarding the construction of such towers.

A phone message was left with the party that requested the permit, but was not returned by the time this story went to print.