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Cell tower planned for Janesville church

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Beth Wheelock
February 16, 2009

US Cellular is asking the City of Janesville for permission to build a cell tower at St. Mark's Church on Mount Zion Avenue by the interstate.


Gale Price, manager of building and development services for the city, says the tower is proposed to be free-standing in a corner adjacent to a green belt. US Cellular wants to build a 120-foot tower with lattice frameworks extending out for cell equipment. This technology is not unusual for ecclesiastical properties. A cell tower disguised as a light pole is in the works at a church parking lot in Beloit, and there's one hidden in a church steeple in Janesville's Fourth Ward.


A public hearing for the tower on the St. Mark's property is anticipated March 2nd.


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