CLINTON -- Several Clinton residents are upset about a cell phone tower that may be constructed near their homes and on the property of the local elementary school.
Currently, T-Mobile has plans to put up a monopole cell phone tower on a 40-foot-by-40-foot area on the northeast side of West Clinton Elementary School, 2826 W. 1800 North.
The tower would be adjacent to the school's playground and just across the street from the Wayment Acres subdivision.
The residents think the tower -- going up at the school and in front of their homes -- will pose a safety issue for schoolchildren, diminish the value of their homes and be aesthetically less than desirable.
"First of all, it just adds one more hazard to a very publicly used park," said Ben Towery, president of Wayment Acres Homeowners Association. "It's just something we don't need."
But Clinton city and Davis County School District already have signed contracts with T-Mobile.
Clinton Assistant City Manager Lynn Vinzant said the city has agreed on a conditional-use contract with T-Mobile and it's too late in the game to terminate it now.
"It's within our ordinance," Vinzant said of the tower. "Now we're bound by our ordinance and what the law requires."
Towery said the city did initially send out a flier about the tower, but that it listed the wrong address.
Paul Barnes, Davis County School District director of utility services, said the school district earns revenue from the cell phone towers, but it isn't much.
"We don't solicit these cell phone companies," he said. "They come to us. And we won't even entertain the idea unless it's OK with the city."
Barnes said if another piece of property were to be found more suitable for the tower, the school district wouldn't be opposed.
The residents say a vacant residential lot just west of the school is a better place for the tower.
"We realize the tower is going to go up," resident Emily Price said. "We just think there is a more appropriate site that doesn't affect as many people."
Jared White, a contractor representing T-Mobile, said part of the lease agreement with the city indicates that the tower could indeed be moved.
"Per our lease agreement with the city, we can only change our site plan, so the tower will go up somewhere," he said. "But we can consider other locations."
White said he would take suggestions from residents about where the tower should be placed and, if feasible, bring them back to the city.