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Morris City Council approves water tower space lease agreement

The Morris City Council approved a new three-year lease agreement with Info Link Wireless for space on the top of the water tower at their meeting on Tuesday. The agreement charges Info Link a rental fee of $170 per month.

In his memo to the council, City Manager Blaine Hill said that four other organizations have leased space on the top of the water tower and pay different amounts. The highest fee is over $800 per month for Verizon, and the lowest is $0 for KUMM radio.

"I think it depends on who the company is, what their capabilities are, what their revenue streams are as to how those amounts were set," Hill explained. "This is a local company, they're a much smaller company."

The new agreement also allows the company to put two more antennas on top of the water tower in the same space they use now. Josh Kurpiers from Info Link told the council the additional antennas are needed to keep up with changing technology trends.

"When the original [agreement] was drafted, typically one antenna would cover 360 degrees," Kurpiers said. "Now, technology is moving to a sectorized approach, so one antenna will cover, say, a 90 degree sector."

Other business

In his city manager's report, Hill updated the council on some projects around the city:

• The playground at Pomme de Terre Park has been moved to a new location southwest of the splash park.

• The city performed some repairs in the bathroom of the Senior Center. Hill said they discovered the toilets were leaking into the floorboards. The toilet stools have been reset, but there still needs to be some addition plumbing work done before the floors can be retiled.