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City Council puts moratorium on cell towers

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South Hill residents can breathe a sigh of relief for the time being. South Hill residents can breathe a sigh of relief for the time being.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Residents who live in the Cliff Cannon neighborhood on Spokane's South Hill can breathe a sigh of relief, at least for the time being.

People who live near 15th and Monroe were upset about a cell phone tower that was going to be built in the middle of the residential neighborhood.

Last night city council members voted unanimously for a six month moratorium that includes current applications, on any new cell towers in the City of Spokane.

"I think that's where it'll get a little controversial," says Council President Ben Stuckart.

Residents had been working tirelessly to fight the project saying it would detract from the value of their homes and was simply an eyesore.

They were guided over the last 14 months by Seattle Land Use Attorney Dave Bricklin, who has frequently come up against cell towers. In just two days in the immediate neighborhood of notice, residents gathered almost 200 signatures opposing the tower.

Spokane City Council members stood behind them.

"Those people don't want that in their neighborhood," says Stuckart. "The city spent significant amounts of dollars really improving Monroe and then two houses off it they're building a 60-foot cell tower."

Patricia Hansen, spokesperson for the Cliff Cannon neighborhood says they are lucky they had as much advance knowledge of the proposed tower as they did. 

"We heard about it through some accidental information. We wouldn't have had the background information leading up to the notice that went out until two weeks ago otherwise. We would've been caught totally off guard," she says

Now council members will be looking at how residents are informed when these projects are taking place and the regulations in place regarding cell towers.

"The city's own comprehensive plan says that these should always be first built on existing structures, commercial structures and really fit the look and feel or our neighborhood."

"We're thrilled to have a voice at the table now," says Hansen who was pleasantly surprised when they received the council's full support.

"I think sometimes the City Council needs to say no. We need to represent the citizens," says Stuckart. "If somebody is going to sue us, then somebody sues us."

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