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Posted on: October 25, 2017

Notice of Proposed Fees for Small Wireless Facilities (Cell Towers)

Notice of Proposed Fees for Small Wireless Facilities


In accordance with A.R.S. §9-499.15, public notice is hereby given that the Show Low City Council will consider instituting new fees for small wireless facilities on January 2, 2018, but in no event sooner than 60 days after the posting date of this notice.


Outline of Proposed Fees for Small Wireless Facilities (SWF):

Right-of-way use...................................................... $50/year x number of SWFs


Right-of-way use for monopoles and        Limited to not more than the direct and

      associated wireless facilities.............actual cost of managing the right-of-way


Authority utility pole attachment............................................................. $50/year


Application for co-locating SWFs...................................$100 per SWF up to five;

                                                                                         $50 per additional  SWF

 

Batched applications up to 25 SWFs:

      First five SWFs @ $100 each...................................................................$500   

 Additional 20 sites @ $50 each  .................................................................$1,000

      Total for batch of 25 applications  ..........................................................$1,500


Utility pole and monopole applications:

      New, replacement, or modified utility poles not subject to zoning review...$750

      New, replacement, or modified monopole poles and utility poles and

            co-location of wireless facilities subject to zoning review.................. $1,000



Background:  Small wireless facilities are complementary to cell towers to increase coverage and capacity. The equipment, which including antennas, processes wireless signals to and from mobile devices for multiple wireless (cell) carriers. A new state law allows wireless providers to install and operate these small wireless facilities and related equipment in the public rights-of-way.  State law also allows cities and towns to charge fees to the companies wishing to install small wireless facilities in the city’s rights-of-way.  Fee amounts are set by state statutes.

 

The new fees will be imposed pursuant to Section 3-4-1 of the Show Low City Code. If passed, the new rates will be effective February 2, 2018.

 

Notice posting date:  October 25, 2017