The McPherson County Commission approved a special-use permit on Tuesday for the construction of a new 345-foot telecommunications tower to be built just northeast of Marquette.
The tower is to be built roughly 850 feet west of Sixth Avenue and 350 feet south of the Kansas Highway 4.
The tower will service up to four wireless service providers and will be constructed by American Tower Corporation with AT&T.
The tower also will be surrounded with six feet of wire fence to prevent unauthorized access.
No ads are to be placed on the tower or on tower property. Should the tower be unused for more than a year, the special use-permit will become null and void.
The tower now awaits an appeal before the district court before construction can begin.
In other business:
• Commissioners approved a special-use permit request from Koehn Crop Production Services for the expansion of property that lies north of Moundridge. The expansion will be used for a new dry fertilizer facility. The expansion will require a flood-plain development permit before construction can begin.
• Commissioners approved Roadway Maintenance Materials and Hauling bids. Commissioners also approved $2,980 to convert a line striper paint truck to a tote. The change will aid in end-of-year cleaning.
• Commissioners honored requests by the Marquette Township Board for the appointment of Shayne Fox as treasurer and Quint Hedberg as trustee for the Marquette Township Board.
• Commissioners honored a request by the Meridian Township Board for the appointment of Craig Benning as trustee for the Meridian Township Board. The appointment comes as former trustee Jim Reimer has moved outside of the township.
• Commissioner Harris Terry served his last day as McPherson County Commissioner this Tuesday, with commissioner elect Linus Weaver to begin next Tuesday. Terry has served as commissioner for the county of McPherson for the past 20 years.
“It has been a pleasant experience, and I’m proud to have served McPherson County,” Terry said.