Purdy city council approves tower regulation ordinance

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Purdy City Council approved an ordinance that will regulate communication towers at its regularly scheduled meeting on July 14.

The aldermen approved an ordinance that will regulate the placement of cellular towers inside the Purdy city limits. According to the ordinance, towers cannot be more than 250 feet tall or placed within 500 feet of any residential structure.

The council also reserves the right to determine that there are no alternative sites located within a one-mile radius of the proposed tower site that could be more suitable for the tower.

If a tower is constructed within the Purdy city limits, the tower must be able to support three times the capacity of its intended use to allow secondary users to lease space on the tower at a reasonable rate.

The ordinance includes additional stipulations for the placement of antennas and towers on water towers and in city parks, and states that any tower that is no longer in use for its original communication purposes will be removed from the city at the owner's expense.

Individuals or businesses that violate the communications tower ordinance can be charged up to $500 for each day that the violation occurs.

The council also approved an ordinance that establishes a curfew for individuals who are under 17 years of age.

Minors will not be allowed to be on streets, in parks or in other unsupervised places in Purdy between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Students who are subject to compulsory school attendance rules are not allowed to be in unsupervised locations when school is in session.

The ordinance includes exceptions for minors going to or returning from a place of employment, an athletic event, extracurricular activities, a place of entertainment, a religious or social event and minors who are on an errand.

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