Claremont Insider: Calling All Telecoms

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Calling All Telecoms

If you like cellular towers, get ready for more.

The Claremont City Council last night approved a streamlined process for getting the beasts installed. They're much nicer now than they were 10 years ago, so you may see them masquerading as trees or even barns.

The wireless industry pays cities well for the use of parks and other public places to set their towers, and with our town's habit of spending like a drunken sailor, even with the current economic climate, an ever-shrinking municipal General Fund reserve, and a now-deferred $15.2 billion state deficit waiting to raise its ugly head in a year, Claremont is seeking out every available revenue stream possible.

Desperate times require desperate measures. Or, a cell-tower in every park.