A void in cell coverage may be filled in the city of Ellisville and, for the first time in history, it could be with the city’s leafiest cell tower.
“This has been done in other municipalities, but this will be the first tower in Ellisville that looks like a tree,” City Manager Bill Schwer said.
At the March 7 City Council meeting, an ordinance was passed authorizing Mayor Pro Tem Dan Duffy to execute an option and ground lease agreement on behalf of the city with Global Signal Acquisitions IV, LLC, for city-owned property near Bluebird Park. The goal is to increase the area’s bandwidth capabilities.
The vote was 4-0 in favor of the agreement, with councilmembers Ken Newhouse and Bones Baker [both of District 2] absent. The bill was introduced by Councilmember Cindy Pool [District 3.]
According to Schwer, the city was previously approached by the company to install the tower to fill a detected service void in the area. No exact location has been pinpointed, but two areas have been frequently discussed by the council. Both 50 West Oak Hill Drive and 225 Kiefer Creek Road are possible locations and lie to the north of Bluebird Park.
The tower could be up to 200 feet tall and is intended to be designed as a tree to better blend with the surrounding environment.
Some councilmembers asked how transportation and construction vehicles, such as tractor trailers, would be able to reach the two specified locations. According to Schwer, the company could be granted access to the city-owned properties via a combination of existing city roads and trails within the park, depending on the location of the potential tower.
“It could be a combination of both, but it’s really going to depend on where that final location is going to be,” Schwer said.
According to Schwer, updates on the tower’s location and progress will be added to future city council agendas. The council’s decision at the March 7 meeting indicated an interest in bringing the tower to the area; however, no definitive decision regarding the tower’s construction has been finalized.
“I actually just reached out to them [Global Signal Acquisitions IV, LLC] earlier today with some more questions,” Schwer said on March 8.
The concept for aesthetically designing cell towers is nothing new, as they have already been installed in other municipalities and cities, including areas in St. Charles and in Twin Oaks, where the tower is disguised as a flagpole.