- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2015

BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) - Baker City officials have postponed a decision on Verizon Wireless’ request to build two 100-foot-tall cell towers in the city.

The Baker City Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1FpwED6 ) that about 40 people showed up to hear the Planning Commission discuss the proposed cell towers on Wednesday night.

The commission will continue the discussion at its next meeting.

Local zoning ordinances only allow 38- and 50-foot-tall towers, so Verizon’s representative, Acom Consulting, is asking for conditional use permits.

Acom representative Christine Smith said the towers would increase data capacity.

Most audience members were opposed to the towers. Several audibly scoffed when the city’s attorney said officials cannot consider the potential health impact of the towers when deciding whether or not to give Verizon a permit.

Attorney Drew Martin says Federal Communications Commission rules don’t allow it.

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Information from: Baker City Herald, https://www.bakercityherald.com/

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