JUNE 9, 1997

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Bothell sets moratorium on cell tower permits

cell tower permits by Andrew Walgamott
The Bothell City Council moved to place a moratorium on permitting for cellular phone relay towers for the next six months at its June 2 meeting. Bothell will be looking at siting towers on city buildings and property for regulation and revenue.
   According to Assistant City Manager Manny Ocampo, the moratorium will give Bothell a chance to develop a master plan to deal with the demand for cell towers. Ocampo said Bothell needs to know what questions to ask telecommunications companies and how much to charge for siting towers in association with public facilities.
   According to staff documents, Bothell is strategically located for telecommunications sites and demand for permits is building. Mike DeLack, Bothell's building services coordinator, said that there are currently three cell towers in Bothell with another recently proposed. There will be a public hearing on the matter July 21.

Adult Entertainment Ordinance nears completion
   City staff has been asked to bring ordinances dealing with land use and licensing back to council June 16. According to Manny Ocampo, the city's adult entertainment ordinance will be based on Bellevue's, "which has passed legal muster."
   The council must decide soon, as a one-year moratorium on the issuance of use and building permits and licenses for adult entertainment businesses will expire July 1.