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Channahon Village Board to consider new cell tower

Proposed structure could also double as a flag pole

The village of Channahon welcome sign photographed September 2019.
The village of Channahon welcome sign photographed September 2019.

The Channahon Village Board last week began discussions on whether to allow the business Central States Tower to build a stealth cellular phone tower on village property. The tower would appear as a flag pole.

“The idea is to create a stealth tower, something that won’t look like a cellular tower,” Village Administrator Thomas Durkin said after the meeting.

Cellphone coverage is spotty in Channahon, and the village has been working with contractors the past few years to have another tower placed. Six years ago, a cellular tower almost twice the height allowed by village code was proposed to be built along Knapp Street, but several residents spoke against the tower, which they said would be too tall for the area’s neighborhoods.

Environmental concerns also were cited because the tower would be located near the Illinois and Michigan Canal.

A contractor previously had proposed a site on park district property, but then a nearby school protested.

The current proposal is to construct a 125-foot tower on village property at the south end of the village hall parking lot. The tower will have placement positions for three carriers’ antenna equipment

Durkin said Insite Inc. Wireless Communications Services would manage the carriers, and the first carrier could be Verizon.

The flag’s dimensions would be
20 feet by 38 feet, to match the height of the pole, and lighting would be installed to illuminate the flag at night. The current flags in front of the village hall would remain, he said.

If approved at a future meeting, the company would pay the village $3,000 for a two-year period, plus $2,100 a month for rental payment.

The construction of the tower would require a special use permit by the village, and Durkin said a public hearing on the matter will likely be scheduled for October.

Also during the meeting, trustees approved allowing a variance on a water line extension to a single-family home that resident Stephen Rittof, Jr. is planning on building at 25045 S. Center St.

Village ordinance states that owners must extend water lines to each adjoining property line. According to Durkin, the cost of extending the 12-inch water main to the property line would be cost prohibitive due to the large size of the property and having to bore under the street.

“I have spoken with the Will County Health Department who informed me that I would be able to put a well on the property to service a future home, as well water is used in all of the homes surrounding the property,” according to a letter from Rittof to the board. “What I intend to do is simply replace a home on a property that has been established for about 150 years that already had a home on it that was serviced by a well system.”

Trustees also ratified the hiring of Channahon resident Adam Nelli as a new police officer at a starting rate of $59,163.

Nelli was sworn in to the position on Sept. 6 and is attending the police academy. He graduated from Minooka Community High School, holds an associates degree in criminal justice from Joliet Junior College and is a military police officer with the U.S. Army National Guard.

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