Bronson cell tower negotiations ongoing

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

A proposed deal with Verizon Wireless and the Town of Bronson appears to be on shaky ground.

Verizon representatives approached the town in October, requesting that the company be allowed to rent a portion of town-owned property at James H. Cobb Park where Verizon would construct a cell phone tower.

The company had offered to pay $1,000 a month with an additional 2 percent fee tacked on each year. The initial proposal was a 25-year contract, bringing in an estimated $384,000 during that time.

The company had also stated that it would rather rent property from a municipality, such as Bronson, or a non-profit, rather than a private land owner.

Council members made no decision to accept the deal at the Nov. 4 meeting, opting instead to do a bit of checking into the terms of the contract and on fees similar parties were being paid for such services.

But Monday, Town Clerk Kelli Brettel said Nuckols had sent her an email stating that the town was now being viewed as a "backup" option after town officials had made inquiries into the nature of the earlier-proposed agreement.

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