This article originally appeared on WirelessEstimator.com.
For 13 years Wireless Estimator has been covering the wireless siting community and is always in search of the man bites dog story rather than a mundane municipal siting protest. Today, we found one in Rowlett, Tex. where a city tower was built on their neighbor’s adjoining property.
But instead of moving the tower, equipment shelter and generator to the city’s property a stone’s throw away, Rowlett decided to buy the land because it might possibly incur a $400,000 penalty for not having the tower constructed to tie into a multi-jurisdictional police communications system in the required timeline.
The city said that it would cost between $450-$500,000 to move the tower, which appeared to be high, according to industry estimating.
The mistake was discovered in early March, a month after Intertek, Motorola’s contractor, began construction, when the landowner who lives four miles away informed Rowlett officials of his concern.