After public opposition to a 100-foot cellphone tower on the grounds of an Eagle elementary school, FlatCo Telecommunications Services has asked for an eight-week continuance before the Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission reviews the proposal.
That means the planning commission is likely to take up the issue in October, but it could be sooner if the applicant wishes, Planning and Zoning Administrator Bill Vaughn said.
The company is proposing to build the tower at Eagle Hills Elementary School, which is at 650 Ranch Dr., near Eagle Road and Floating Feather Road. The proposed location is between the school building and tennis courts, said Meridian School District spokesman Eric Exline.
But Meridian has cellphone equipment at numerous school campuses. It’s usually located on existing towers, typically lights for fields, Exline said. The schools that have the equipment include: Eagle High, Eagle Middle School, Meridian Middle School, Meridian High School, Sawtooth Middle School and Mountain View High School.
Exline said opponents have cited a variety of concerns, including health impacts from cell signals and the visual impact of a 100-foot tower.
“We’ve spoken to engineers and read the literature,” he said. “The notion that it causes cancer, we can’t find evidence of that.”
FlatCo did not immediately respond to a request for comment.