TELECOM TO PAY CITY TO LOCATE EQUIPMENT ON LIGHT POLES

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By Kristin Kjaero

May 5, 2015 (La Mesa) – On April 28 the La Mesa City Council voted unanimously to allow telecommunications equipment to be installed on streetlights and signals in the right-of-way in 11 locations around the City (map below), to enhance cellular phone and data transmission coverage.

The company will pay the City as a Right-of-Way Use Fee of 5% of adjusted gross revenues generated from the equipment or $500 per location, whichever is greater, and an annual fee of $500 to attach its equipment to a City pole. It will be required to apply for an encroachment permit, and will bear the costs of installation and maintenance.

One of the nation’s largest providers of wireless infrastructure in the telecommunications industry, Crown Castle has similar agreements with 16 other cities in the County. They do not provide telecommunications services, but construct facilities for mobile wireless providers.

The staff report stated the project was categorically exempt from environmental review process under Section 15301 Existing Facilities.

A larger view of the map can be downloaded here from the City Council Agenda, page 144.