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Cell tower gets OK from county supervisors
67-foot structure planned for Williamson Valley

Crystal Holmes and her brother, John R. Hunt, speak in support of a proposed cell tower, which is to be built on their family’s land. Supporters of the tower wore green “yes” stickers. (George Johnston/Courier)

Crystal Holmes and her brother, John R. Hunt, speak in support of a proposed cell tower, which is to be built on their family’s land. Supporters of the tower wore green “yes” stickers. (George Johnston/Courier)

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors approved a wireless use permit for a proposed 67-foot cell tower – designed to look like a pine tree – at its meeting on Wednesday, March 6.

AT&T is seeking to build the tower. The company has a FirstNet nationwide project under the federal government to provide an improved communication network designed specifically for first responders. The tower would be a part of that program.

The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the wireless use permit during its Jan. 3, 2019, meeting.

As proposed, the tower would be built on a parcel of land owned by the Hunt Family Foundation. The location is east of Williamson Valley Road, north of Outer Loop Road and on the west side of North Williamson Valley Ranch Road on Table Mountain in Williamson Valley.

Members of the Hunt family and several area residents appeared In support of the tower at Wednesday’s meeting. Supervisor Randy Garrison read letters for and against the project.

The board voted 4-0 approving the cell tower. Supervisor Jack Smith did not attend the meeting.

The board also approved:

• $19,000 from the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors to the Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy (AWIMA) for scholarships in memory of the Granite Mountain Hotshots.

• The departure of Dan Rusing, finance director, who is retiring effective June 14.

• An Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between the county and the Town of Prescott Valley for Civic Drive Sidewalk Northside Pedestrian Improvements.

• The presentation of 2018 Golden Plate Awards to food establishments in West Yavapai County.

• A proclamation declaring March 17, as American Legion Centennial Day.

• A proclamation declaring March 29, as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

• New and revised job descriptions for the Management Information Systems (MIS) department to be effective March 10.

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