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The historic Reedley Twin Water Towers are pictured on March 4. On Feb. 21, the Reedley Planning Commission approved the installation later this year of wireless technology antennas below the tower.

A quorum of members with the Reedley Planning Commission at its Feb. 21 meeting approved the first steps toward eventual placement of 12 antennas on the two historic Reedley Twin Water Towers downtown.

The commission voted 3-0 – commissioners Dawn Barcellos and Alberto Custodio were absent — to approve an environmental assessment and conditional use permit application that would authorize the installation of 12 wireless telecommunication antennas. the antennas will be located in groups of three on each side of each tower.

There also would be a ground level equipment cabinet placed on a concrete pad that would support the antenna functions. The least agreement, paying about $16,000 annually to the city, would be used to support maintenance and enhancement of the towers and tower site.

Resident Anthony Jewell, representing the Reedley Historical Society, spoke during public comment. He expressed concern about what he called “incremental creep” that would hinder the appearance of the towers which he said the community thinks of as “part of our home skyline. That’s just the way it is,” he said.

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