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Board of Appeals
Thursday, November 3 2005
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: at the Town Hall
Public Hearing

AGENDA

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Town of Taycheedah Board of Appeals will conduct a public hearing on Thursday, November 3rd, 2005, at 7:30 p.m., at the Taycheedah Town Hall for the purpose of considering a request from RBH Enterprises, Inc., for a Conditional Use Permit to construct and operate a 140 foot monopole wireless communication tower and a base station. The proposed tower would be located near the KFIZ tower on the NW 1/4 of the SE 1/4 of Section 20 in the Town of Taycheedah, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin.

Dated the 25th day of October, 2005.

Brenda A. Schneider, Town Clerk


MINUTES

The Town of Taycheedah Board of Appeals conducted a public hearing on Thursday, November 3rd, 2005, on behalf of RBH Enterprises, Inc., to consider a Conditional Use Permit for a monopole telecommunications tower on a parcel of land in the NW 1/4 of the SE 1/4 of Section 20. Members present were Chairman Jim Rosenthal, John Buechel, Bob Holzman, Barb Bertram and Tom Friess. The Secretary, Brenda Schneider, tape recorded the hearing and took notes. The Chairman called the hearing to order at 8:30 p.m.. The Secretary read the notice.

Ken Franzen, representing RBH Enterprises, Inc. and Singular was sworn in. His testimony and responses to Board of Appeals questions were as follows:
RBH proposes to erect a monopole telecommunications tower on the KFIZ tower site.
The monopole would be erected in the northeast corner of the property.
The monopole would be 140 feet tall.
A 60 x 60 x 6 fence with barbed wire around the top would be installed around the monopole.
The monopole is designed to hold two carriers in addition to Singular.
The other towers in the Town are lattice.
The monopole is self-supporting and does not need guide-wires.
Singular has also co-located on the Mengel Hill tower.
The monopole will withstand 80-85 mph winds.
Due to the location, if it fell, it would not hit anything.
The monopole is proposed to be located 100 from the KFIZ tower.
The closest property line would be 150 feet; approximately 200 from the other property lines.
Singular constructs monopole towers exclusively.
He has been in the business for over 12 years and knows of no defects or problems with the monopole towers.
Eventually, Singular will have a total of 12 antennas on the tower; 6 for receiving and 6 for transmitting.
Singular is working to co-locate or build towers for coverage along the Hwy. 151 corridor all the way to Manitowoc.
The monopole and co-locate in the Town should take care of the dead-spots.
The length of the signal is 1-2 miles in the rural areas.
The monopole will not cause any hazards, will not make any noise.
The monopole will have a 60 watt light bulb at the top.
Singular does not anticipate requesting an extension to the height of the monopole.
The monopole is at a height that will clear the Ledge.
There will be an un-manned station at the base of the monopole.
Quarterly inspections of the tower will be needed.
Lawn mowing, snow removal and emergency responses will require site visits.
Emergency contact information will be posted on the fence as required by the FCC.
The owner is aware that they would incur costs for removal of the tower in the event the tower is no longer needed.
The monopole will be lower than the KFIZ tower.
The monopole will be made of galvanized steel; no need for paint.
The base will be 6 feet across with a 40 foot deep footing.
The site will have an alarm that will call the company in the event of tampering.
The first 20 feet of the tower has removal ladder rungs.
The monopole is made to break in half instead of at the bottom.
Singular worked closely with KFIZ in the design of the monopole.
A modulation study has proved that the monopole will not cause interference to the current users of the tower.
They have co-located on FM towers on numerous occasions without any interference problems.
The monopole will put out 1800-1900 megahertz.
November 3rd, 2005 Board of Appeals 2.
Singular-monopole telecommunications tower

Any possible instances of interference are addressed in the lease between KFIZ and Singular.
The KFIZ tower can not handle any more antennas.

Eileen Schmitz owns the property surrounding the KFIZ site. Her father sold the site to WFON. The deed for the site notes one tower; now Singular is proposing to lease space for another tower. Mrs. Schmitz also commented on the easement with KFIZ to access the tower site through her property.
Mr. Franzen commented that in his experience, the owner of land can lease land to others and that the leasee would have the same rights under an easement as the owner.
The Board of Appeals does not have the authority to grant alternate access to the site. They can only grant the use of the site.
Mrs. Schmitz added that they have horse breeding stock on the farm. Mr. Franzen assured her that there will be no stray voltage or any other ill-effects from the monopole unless the animals are immediately in front of an antenna. The antennas will be over 100 feet above ground. Mr. Franzen offered to provide Mrs. Schmitz with contact information.
Chairman Rosenthal suggested the parties review the documents and seek a legal opinion if warranted.

Tom Friess motioned to grant the Conditional Use Permit for the monopole telecommunications tower, seconded by Barb Bertram.
Roll call vote:
John Buechel yes
Bob Holzman yes
Barb Bertram yes
Tom Friess yes
Jim Rosenthal yes Motion carried (5-0).

Jim Rosenthal motioned to direct the company, or their designees, in ownership of the tower, of the responsibility for all future costs to remove the tower if the company would go into default or the tower is no longer needed, seconded by John Buechel.
Roll call vote:
John Buechel yes
Bob Holzman yes
Barb Bertram yes
Tom Friess yes
Jim Rosenthal yes Motion carried (5-0).

John Buechel motioned to adjourn at 9:10 p.m., seconded by Barb Bertram. Motion carried (5-0).



Attest: ____________________________
Brenda A. Schneider
Board of Appeals Secretary





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