Dec. 08--The Aurora City Council is set to vote on a license agreement for a wireless pole facility for World Class Wireless at 2800 Diehl Road.
The location on the northeast corner of Diehl and Eola roads is just across Diehl from CyrusOne, the data storage facility that includes the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and nine foreign exchanges among its clients. The license will be on the agenda for the Dec. 12 City Council meeting, at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 44 E. Downer Place.
When World Class Wireless, which owns about 30 acres on the site, first came to town, it put up a temporary, 11-foot-tall pole and a generator that are at the site now. The proximity to CyrusOne is key to the World Class Wireless facility.
Earlier this year, the City Council turned down a request to make the temporary pole permanent when it voted against a proposed license agreement. The new request has changed substantially, said Aurora planning officials.
The two main things aldermen objected to when they turned down World Class Wireless the first time were that the agreement made no provision for the possibility of co-locating on another pole some day and that the license agreement would have allowed World Class Wireless to locate any number of poles throughout the city.
The new agreement includes language that says World Class would consider co-locating on another antenna or pole in the future, if such a pole meets the company's requirements for doing business. It also is now a license strictly for the pole at 2800 Diehl Road, and not for any other location in the city.
"We own the land on which this is located, this is operating, we're not asking for more than the 11-foot pole," said Bruce Goldsmith, a local attorney representing World Class. "After we put up the permanent structure, we will consider co-locating."
When the pole becomes permanent, the generator will be contained in a small house similar to what the city uses at its own utility locations. Goldsmith said there will be landscaping around the house.
Earlier this year, after more than a year of study, the City Council enacted a new telecommunications and wireless ordinance that governs the location of poles and antennas in the city. It regulates the location of both large telecommunications towers and the newer small cell installations, which can actually be located on existing utility and light poles. Small cells are for the new 5G network for cellular phones.
As part of its ordinance, the city encourages co-location -- companies sharing towers instead of each company building its own tower.
Aldermen cited that desire for co-location as one of the reasons they recently turned down a request by Scientel Solutions, Inc. to locate a 185-foot tower just around the corner from the World Class facility, on Eola Road.
Aldermen are set to reconsider that Scientel vote in January.
Goldsmith said World Class would only use the small area it is using now for its pole. He said the company is "looking for a partner to develop the rest" of the 30 acres.
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