City Council discusses small cell providers
Under new business at the Jan. 23 City Council meeting, Dan Huff, city manager, brought up the need for rules and regulations for small cell phone providers to ensure they don't interrupt or interfere with city water meters that are read by radio.
"We need to have something in place that gives us the jurisdiction," said Gerald Fisher, public works director.
He is concerned that the smaller cell providers hooked onto the towers might use a radio frequency that will interfere with Molalla's water meter readers. He wants to ensure the signals won't harm the readers.
"I want the cell providers be compliant. I don't want to be a test case," he said.
One council member suggested there be a minimum height for the providers while another said problems may never happen, but one bad egg could really mess things up.
Huff suggested that staff develop a proposal soon in existing language and bring it back as a resolution to implement quickly.
Mayor Jimmy Thompson brought up another item for discussion. The council several years ago instituted a rule that once a council member has left office, he or she must wait a year before joining a city board or commission. He wanted to find out if council members favored continuing the rule or if they would like to make an exception.
Recent former council member Glen Boreth has applied to join the Budget Committee. The 15-year resident of Molalla who previously has served on that committee and the Planning Commission said on his application, "Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in."
The discussion on the rule will come back at the Feb. 13 meeting.