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Cell tower approved at Fox Bend Golf Course : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Cell tower approved at Fox Bend Golf Course
by Lyle R. Rolfe


The Oswegoland Park District Board has approved a request to install a second cell phone tower on park district land.

The first tower was installed in 2009 near Prairie Point Community Park off Plainfield Road in Oswego. The second tower will be installed at Fox Bend Golf Course off U.S. Route 34, also in the village.

Park board members met in an executive session to consider the lease agreement with SBA Towers this past Thursday evening. Board members later emerged from the closed-door session and voted to authorize Rich Zielke, park district executive director, to sign the agreement.

Zielke said SBA will install a 120-foot tower that that will have space for two carrier’s antennas.

Under terms of the agreement, SBA will pay $1,750 month in rent to the park district with an annual escalator of 2.5 percent.

In addition the district will receive an additional 15 percent revenue sharing for the second carrier, he noted.

SBA will also pay the district $2,000 at the time the lease is signed.
The tower will be located 175 feet south of Route 34 and about 40 feet east of the golf course maintenance building. Zielke said this will allow maintenance crews to work on the tower without disturbing people playing golf.

A six-foot tall cedar privacy fence will enclose the 21 by 50 foot site where the tower will be located and a 200 square foot equipment shelter, he said.

In a memo to the board members, Zielke said the tower will provide the infrastructure necessary for the improvement of wireless coverage and capacity of both phone and internet service for Verizon Wireless and a future carrier.

He said the high demand for cell phone and Internet access by consumers increased the need for additional capacity which is accompanied by signal and channel reuse.

“There are no other structures, communication towers or otherwise in the area to support placement of antennas,” he said.
The lease will be for five years and renewable for up to seven additional five-year terms.

Zielke said the base rent paid to the district will be $1,750 each month with an annual escalator of 2.5 percent.

The board also approved amending their present lease agreement for the cell phone tower near the Park District office on East Washington Street at Prairie Point Park. This agreement was approved in July 2009.

T-Mobile, the owners, asked the district to extend their present lease for an additional 20 years.

They are now in the fifth year of their present 20-year lease and are asking that the additional 20 years be added. The present lease must be renewed each five years, and the new lease would be the same, Zielke said.

The district received $3,000 from T-Mobile for approving the additional years.

This tower is 110 feet tall and serves a dual purpose. It relays cell telephone messages for T-Mobile, and is a flagpole for the park district.

Using it as a flagpole makes it fit into the landscape much better that most cell phone towers and the flag is lighted from dusk to dawn every day, park district officials noted.

The district receives $1,750 each month from T-Mobile, part of which is used to replace the flag and lights when needed.
T-Mobile pays for electric used to light the flag.

Board members agreed at the time the lease was approved that the balance of the money should be used for improvements in Prairie Point Park.

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