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A similar tower proposed in Lake Oswego saw intense community pushback last year

COURTESY PHOTO - An image in the C800 presentation shows what the tower would look like when viewed from Carriage Way in West Linn.At its next meeting Monday, Aug. 3, the West Linn City Council will hear a presentation on a proposed emergency communications radio tower to be installed in West Linn.

According to information in the meeting agenda packet, Clackamas 800 Radio Group (C800) wants to put a 180 foot tower in a leased area between Gallery Place and Kapteyns Street near Marylhurst Park.

C800 is a conglomerate of 19 public safety agencies throughout Clackamas County — including the West Linn Police Department, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and Clackamas County AMR — and advocated for a 2016 ballot measure approved by Clackamas County voters, which secured nearly $60 million in funding for improving the region's emergency communications infrastructure.

The proposed West Linn tower is part of a network of radio towers around the Portland metro area being enhanced or constructed to improve communication between emergency agencies.

Such a tower, which was set to be built in Lake Oswego's Cooks Butte Park, saw such intense resistance from the community last year that it was eventually scrapped.

Opponents' primary concern was the tower would detract from the nature of the park, though some also believed radiation emitted from the tower would be a health hazard.

C800 countered this notion, saying radiation from the tower would be within federal regulations.

For more information on the tower proposal, tune into the city council's Monday special meeting or read about it in the meeting agenda packet.


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