New tower to improved cell service in town


A Mercury Tower will be installed close to the Fastnel store and nearby storage units to increase cell coverage in town. 

The Miles City Council approved the request to build the tower at the March 25 meeting.

Aaron Gunn of Mercury Towers told the council, the new tower would “increase dramatically 4G, the speeds and the amount of calls the town can take because right now Signal Butte (tower) is just completely maxed out and it’s getting worse and worse because people are using more (service).”

He said 98 percent of the Signal Butte tower traffic is from the city and the coverage is bad and slow.

The tower would also have a 500-gallon propane tank near it and the original plan was to have a six foot fence surrounding it with barbed wire on top, but the council discussed possiblity  putting a fence similar to Pine Hills Youth Correctional Facility, but in this case it would keep kids out and not in.

Fire Chief Dale Berg said propane tanks are built well these days and the danger was minimal.

The Planning Board recommended the request be approved.

AT&T already entered into a lease to use the tower and there is room for at least three more tenants. 

 In council comments: 

— Council member Dwayne Andrews expressed concern over removing trees around Triangle Park and losing the shade for the kids that play there. 

The city plans to put in new sidewalks and curbs. He suggested the city looks at stepping stones instead of sidewalks to accommodate the trees and not have so many problems with the roots.

Gloria Grenz said she takes her grandson there and the sap is causing problems there.

— Council member Roxanna Brush commented there has been quite a bit of activity at the frisbee park and thanked the group that fixed it up.

In other news: 

— The council unanimously approved Resolution No. 3666 to adopt the revised and restated Workers’ Compensation agreement with Montana Municipal Interlocal Authority.

MMIA CEO Alan Hulse was at the meeting to explain the work comp program and the changes.— The second reading of Ordinance No. 1264 was approved unanimously, which adopts new floodplain and floodway regulations.

— The second reading of Ordinance No. 1264 also was approved unanimously to amended the final budget to include unanticipated revenues from grants to the Historic Preservation Fund.

— Resolution No. 3672 is a resolution of intent to grant statutory authority to the city sanitarian from the local health officer, local board of health and council would carry out assigned duties and powers for the purpose of the public health system.

The first reading passed unanimously.

— Speaking as a citizen and president of the Eastern Montana Board of Realtors, Council member Sheena Martin presented Mayor Butch Grenz a $1,000 check to go toward the dike feasibility study.

“We know this is a small amount compared to the overall cost. ... We’d like to encourage anyone else who can, individuals or businesses, to give what they can, because this affects every single one of us,” she said.

— The mayor made a proclamation supporting mayors across the country in naming April 9 as Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service and April 1 as as National Service Recognition Day in honor of the work of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps (RSVP).