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~To~wn may extend antenna freeze <br />.La Posada site not model, Town· attorney says <br />By LESLIE SHAMES <br />S\lff writerf.i . r N L I {I l 'f 7 <br />Although the Town of <br />Paradise Valley approved a· per- <br />mit for a cellular phone antenna <br />at La Posada Resort last month, <br />a moratorium on new applica- <br />tions will likely be extended, a <br />Town official said. <br />month moratorium imposed in <br />August by 30 to 45 days. <br />A meeting was held Dec. 20 <br />between Town officials and <br />seven to 10 cellular providers. <br />The Town Council and Planning <br />Commission will hold work- <br />shops in January to develop the <br />ordinance. <br />The Town Council will not <br />vote on an ordinance before <br />February, Ms. Kennedy said. <br />the AT&T permit," she said. <br />"We're trying to do our best to <br />mesh the interests of the home- <br />owners with those of the <br />providers." . <br />The AT&T permit did not <br />describe the site in .detail or list <br />the reasons why it was needed <br />because those were outlined in <br />prior negotiations. The ordi- <br />nance will likely require the <br />applicant to provide a photo <br />simulation of the site and a <br />statement of need. <br />The Town Council and staff <br />still must consult with cellular <br />providers and hammer out ordi- <br />nance details regulating how <br />permits are granted. Those <br />details must comply with new <br />federal standards, Town <br />Attorney Jill Kennedy said. This <br />may involve extending the six- <br />AT&T Wireless Service's La <br />Posada site, approved Dec. 5, is <br />not a model for future permits <br />but a work in progress, Ms. <br />Kennedy said. <br />The AT&T permit includes 16 <br />stipulations. It requires the s,ite <br />comply with all federal regula- <br />tions and the phone company <br />Photo by LESLIE SHAMES/Independent Newspaper: <br />"The ordinance will probably <br />be a little more restrictive than See ['] ANTENNA page 4 <br />A recently approved cellular antenna site will by installed inside 'this tower <br />at the La Posada Resort, 4949 E. Lincoln Drive. The Town of Paradise <br />Valley is drafting an ordinance regulating permits for such sites. <br />Ill ANTENNA continuedfrom page 1 <br />fix any interference the facility <br />may cause to area television or <br />radio broadcasts. AT&T is <br />responsible for any liabilities <br />caused by the site. <br />would be an expense not pro- <br />portional to the .planned· <br />throughout Paradise Valley." "Many of those won't work; <br />many of the owners won't want <br />to touch them; many won'thave <br />appropriate height,:' . Ms. <br />Kennedy said. . <br />The permit also requires <br />AT&T to allow other cellular <br />providers to place antennas at <br />the site. The industry term for <br />this is co-location, and it is <br />becoming common as new sites <br />become difficult to find. <br />changes. .· <br />"The Town's legal and profes- <br />sional determination was that <br />the nature of improvement <br />didn't relate to the right of <br />way," Ms Kennedy said. <br />Even with an ordinance in <br />place, cellular providers wili not <br />find many sites for antennas, <br />Ms. Kennedy said. T_he antennas <br />can go only on properties hold- <br />ing special-use permits, mostly <br />resorts, schools and places of <br />"We're going to continu'e most <br />likely to receive most cellular <br />service from sites outside of the <br />Town." •-The final permit requires no <br />changes to the property unrelat- <br />ed to the antenna. <br />· worship. With only 40 permits <br />in the Town, choices an~ limited. <br />It took Town staff and AT&T <br />officials nearly nine months to <br />negotiate -the permit, the only <br />one being processed when the <br />moratorium was passed. <br />One problem with negotia- <br />tions was the Town expected <br />AT&T and La Posada to make <br />some property improvements, <br />including installing meandering <br />sidewalks along Lincoln Drive, <br />AT&T spokeswoman Cindy <br />Daly said. This would have <br />required tearing out the resort's <br />entire front entrance. <br />The Town later agreed <br />improvihg the right of way <br />The La Posada antenna will <br />be a "stealth" site, meaning it <br />will not be visible. It will be <br />installed on a tower's interior <br />on one of the resort's buildings. <br />A small equipment shack will <br />be hidden inside a vacant office <br />underneath the tower. <br />The site should be in place by <br />February, Ms. Daly said. AT&T <br />is seeking two more sites in the <br />Town but has not found any <br />prospects. <br />"The La Posada site . was the <br />most important because most of <br />the traffic goes through thart <br />area," she said. "Additional si!Jp,t.· <br />will help keep service canst~' <br />• <br />~~C~AL~~\to~~ w~!.~.::~~~~~t! ~~~~!t!~~!~~th pu~ <br />Police Department's communica- <br />tion capabilities are being up- <br />graded, a cooperative effort with <br />Scottsdale's crime lab has been <br />extended and participation in the <br />regional task force fighting drug <br />trafficking has been continued. <br />The three actions taken recently <br />by the Town Council will increase <br />and enhance the department's <br />crime-fighting abilities, Chief John <br />Wintersteen said. <br />New radio equipment will allow <br />Paradise Valley officers to commu- <br />nicate with six Valley agencies, <br />adding the Maricopa County Sher- <br />iffs Office, Chandler and Gilbert <br />to -Scottsdale, Tempe and Glen-ing Scottsdale officers helped them <br />dale. The new system will bring all capture the suspect. <br />these these agencies into immedi-Paradise Valley police already <br />ate contact when criminals cross have a contract to use Scottsdale's <br />city and town boundaries. · crime lab, and technicians from <br />that lab will continue to provide <br />services and process evidence from <br />town crime scenes. The pact, <br />originally enacted in 1992, has <br />been extended two years. <br />In the fight against drug traf-J <br />ficking, a Paradise Valley officef <br />will remain with the U.S. Drug <br />Enforcement • Administration's <br />Metropolitan Task Force for an- <br />other two years. Paradise Valley <br />Such an incident occurred sev- <br />eral weeks ago, when a homicide <br />suspect from Phoenix was involved <br />in a daylong pursuit from the west <br />Valley. Officers from the Scotts- <br />dale, Phoenix and Tempe police <br />departments, as well as the De- <br />partment of Public Service, were <br />involved when the suspect entered <br />Paradise Valley and was arrested <br />by the town's officers. <br />_has participated in t.he program <br />Paradise Valley officers said the since 1992. <br />Co'P.~iss~nJo(lks forappf~a·nth' ,,t <br />The Town .of· Paradise ·valley' <br />is accepting applications frorn <br />residents wishing to serve em <br />the Planning Commission. · <br />The· commission is ina de up <br />of seven members and Inakes: <br />recommendations to the Town! <br />Councii onmatters·ofproposed! <br />subdivisions, lot splits, speciaF <br />use permits and amendments, <br />to the general plan, subdivi-1 <br />sion and zoning ordinances, <br />The commission meers twice <br />monthly· at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. <br />Members also are asked to <br />attend.· one to two ._Town <br />Council meetings annually and <br />serve on the Town's Hillside <br />Building and Special Use <br />Permit Review committees on <br />an as-needed rotating basis. <br />For information, call Town <br />Manager Jim Siket at 948-7411 <br />before Jan. 17. <br />Town Council <br />takes action · <br />t for PY no lice : ';f.v..x..;d. •r!.['17 . <br />. PARADISE VAL EY ·-The <br />Police Department's communica- <br />tion capabilities are being up- <br />graded, a cooperative effort with <br />Scottsdale's crime lab has been <br />extended and participation in the <br />regional task force fighting drug <br />trafficking has been continued. <br />Tlie three actions taken recently <br />. by the Town Council will increase <br />:and· ·enhance the department's <br />·crime-fighting abilities, Chief John <br />Wintersteen said. <br />New radio equipment will allow <br />Paradise Valley officers to commu- <br />nicate with six Valley agencies, <br />adding the Maricopa County Sher- <br />iffs Office, Chandler and Gilbert <br />to the ones they currently can talk <br />to -Scottsdale, Tempe and Glen- <br />dale. The new system will bring all <br />these: these agencies into immedi- <br />ate· ctmtact when criminals cross <br />city and town boundaries:- <br />Stich an incident occurred sev- <br />eral weeks ago; when a homicide <br />suspecffrom Phoenix was involved <br />in a day long pursuit from the west <br />Valley. Officers from the Scotts- <br />dale, Phoenix and Tempe police <br />departments, as well as the De- <br />partment of Public Service, were <br />involved when the suspect entered . <br />Paradise Valley and was arrested <br />. by t4~Jown'sofficers. <br />· · J>arlJ,dise Valley officers said the <br />-ability·to talk directly with purs- <br />ing Scottsdale officers helped them <br />capture the suspect. <br />Paradise Valley police already <br />have ·a ·contract to ·use Scottsdale's <br />crime l~b,_ and technicians from <br />that lab· .will continue to provide <br />services and process evidence from <br />town .. ::crime scenes. The pact, <br />originally enacted in 1992, has <br />been extended two years. <br />In the -fight against drug traf- <br />ficking,· a Paradise Valley officer <br />will remain with the U.S. Drug <br />Enfqrcement Administration's <br />Metropolitan Task Force for an- <br />other two years. Paradise Valley <br />has participated: in the program <br />. since 1992.