The city of Dunwoody agreed Jan. 25 to allow two companies to install “mini cell towers” to existing city-owned utility poles at a cost of $500 each year for each installation.
The original contract between the companies and Dunwoody called for 120 days to install the equipment. However, Councilwoman Lynn Deutsch said this length of time would be too inconvenient for residents. The council approved her amendment to shorten the time to 90 days.
“Efficiency is key. You get in, get it done, get out,” Deutsch said. Some of her constituents have complained about workers in front of their homes at 8 p.m., she added.
The smaller devices attach to existing utility poles. The technology is housed in what looks like box or a cabinet, housing wires and antennae designed to bring faster Internet and allow wireless technology users access to more data.
Ellen Smith, attorney for Crown Castle, noted that the council has discussed this issue at its November and December meetings.
“If approved, this would be advantageous to the city,” she said. “It would be removing right-of-way clutter and be free revenue for the city.”
Both contracts are good for five years.