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East Marshall looks into cell tower proposal

May 21, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

The East Marshall School District is exploring the possibility of locating two communications towers at two district sites after being approached by a cell phone provider.

One Source Wireless has approached the East Marshall School Board with the early phases of a proposal. The proposed tower locations are by the bus barn and football field in Le Grand and near the bus barn and storage shed in Laurel.

"We're looking at the options and we want to learn more," said East Marshall Superintendent Alan Meyer "We're in the listening mode."

As part of the proposed agreement the wireless company would build the towers and provide East Marshall with free communication antennas for its use between buses and school buildings. There would also be a rental fee paid to the East Marshall district, with no proposed figures as of yet, Meyer said. He said the towers would look like big flag poles and that talks are still preliminary.

"Anything we do is probably a year off," he said.

In 2008, the Marshalltown Community School District went through the process to add a cell tower at the site of its football field, after being approached by U.S. Cellular. The measure was approved with some outcry from the public who believed it could provide a health hazard. The MCSD receives $2,000 a month in rent from U.S. Cellular for the tower, which it uses to fund field trips and other educational opportunities for students.

Meyer said in East Marshall's research they plan to reach out to other school districts who have had cell towers built on their grounds.



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