The McPherson County Planning Board approved a special-use permit for American Tower Corporation for the construction of a 345-foot Telecommunications tower during the board’s meeting on Monday night.
The planned site for the tower is south of Kansas Highway 4, west of Sixth Avenue.
The cell tower at one point was planned to be built near runway eight of the McPherson Airport, but the plan was denied by the McPherson City Commission due to safety concerns. Airport officials expressed concerns that planes making emergency landings would have no where to turn if the tower was erected at that site.
American Tower initially expressed concerns placing the tower elsewhere would hurt cell reception in south McPherson.
American Tower coordinated with the McPherson Airport and planning and zoning to establish this new site as a workable location.
The permit awaits the McPherson County Commission’s approval before construction can begin.
In other business:
• The board approved a special-use permit for CPS for the expansion of an existing agriculture service company that currently includes seeds, fertilizer and chemical sales. The expansion is for a dry fertilizer facility just south of the existing property, north of Chisholm Road and west of 23rd Avenue.
• The board approved a request by Kevin and Janie Wittorff for a variance reduction in the minimum lot area, width and depth requirements for a property north of Buckskin Road and west of Fifth Avenue.
• The board tabled a request by Jeff Patrick for a dog kennel and training facility north of Svensk Road and west of 16th Avenue. The case will be revisited in May.