Published On: Wed, Mar 12th, 2008

New Cell Tower Could Happen Soon

City, Alltel finally reach an agreement

HARTINGTON — Alltel cellular customers should have better reception in the Hartington area before long.
An Alltel cellular antenna may soon be installed on the Hartington water tower.
City Attorney Steve Pier presented a proposal Monday that was acceptable to the members of the Hartington City Council.
The latest proposal includes a rental fee of $900 per month for the initial term of five years.

There will be an option for Alltel to renew the contract for another five years with the monthly rent increased to $990. A third five-year option to renew will include a monthly fee of $1,138.
“The wrinkle is the city has the right at any time during the third five-year option to terminate the agreement with a one- year notice,” said Pier.
Alltel will be responsible for any damage done to the water tower.
The Council will review the contract and the lease will be signed at the next city council meeting.
In other action, an application for a liquor license for the new owners of the Chief Bar was approved by the Council.
A lengthy discussion was held on whether a pro-rate should be done for the charge on a partial year liquor license.
All liquor licenses in the city limits come due on Nov. 1 of each year.
Even though a license is granted during the month of April, the license will have to be renewed previous to the following November.
The board asked Pier to check on the legalities of pro-rating the fee.
“We want to do what we can to attract businesses,” said Mayor Bill Yates.
“It would be a goodwill gesture,” added Councilman Ed Bottolfsen.
The cost of an annual Class C liquor license is $900 plus the cost of the publication. The first $300 goes to the school district with $600 going into the city’s general fund.
No action was taken on the preliminary plat of Arens Second Addition.
The city can not act until the final plat is completed and the final plat can not be approved until the zoning board meets.
Shelley Lammers, Sally Opfer and Diane Anderson asked board members to close the Hartington City Auditorium from April 1 until May 3 to allow for the preparation for the Cedar County Theatre performances and a Q-125 event.
“We are gearing up for the spring production,” said Lammers. “We ask you to close the auditorium so we can get on the stage.”
The auditorium will also be needed for two Q-125 pageants for five to nine year olds.
The auditorium will still be available during the morning hours for those who want to use the facility for walking.
A building permit submitted by Nathan Rutar to construct a garage at the back of his property was approved.
The next City Council meeting will be March 24.