Verizon plans to build near water tower
October 01. 2013 1:28PM
The country’s largest cell phone company wants to use some public property here, but the City wants more money than its being offered.
Verizon Wireless recently proposed mounting antennas to the old water tower at the intersection of 10th Street and Orleans Avenue, and constructing an 11.5 by 29.5 foot building near the base of the water tower on the southeast corner of the lot.
“You’re looking at railing that goes around the bottom of the bulb. That’s where (the panels) would go,” said Justin Weiland, Dell Rapids city administrator.
The initial offer made by the communications company was about $1,200 a month, with a lease agreement expected to be five or six years.
Karen Smith, media spokesperson for Verizon, wouldn’t provide further specifics about the proposed building or the company’s ambitions, but said the plan would “provide additional capacity and coverage in the Dell Rapids area.”
Price and other details like ownership of the building are to be ironed out, but Weiland and the city council expect to get more than the $1,200 offer on the table now.
“It’s really a matter of rent,” Weiland said. “Currently the City receives about $1,700 a month from AT&T on the north water tower.”
Considering what AT&T pays without a structure on the ground, Councilor Chad Andrews said, asking Verizon for more than $1,200 isn’t unreasonable.
“I think if they’re going to put a structure on there, we should get a little more than what AT&T is giving us,” he said. “I don’t think we should take any less than $2,000.”