AT&T cell phone tower locations revealed

AT&T cell phone tower locations revealed

MEDORA (Aug. 2, 2018) – Residents in the southern portion of Macoupin County are one step closer to having improved cell phone service, as AT&T has revealed that two new cell phone towers will be installed — one in Mt. Clare and one in Medora.

According to documents received by the Macoupin County Board, the Mt. Clare tower will be located on Division Street east of Alton Street, on property that, based on Macoupin County Tax Assessor records, is owned by Charles and Gwendolyn Fellin. The leased area will be located at the edge of a wooded area, and a 12-foot wide gravel access drive will be constructed leading from the intersection of Division and Alton streets to the tower area.

The Medora tower will be located southeast of the intersection of Centennial Road and Route 267, on property that, based on tax records, is owned by Andrew and Dena Harstad. The leased area will be located at the edge of a corn field.

Both projects will include a 75×75-foot lease area that contains a 74×74-foot fenced in area, a self-support tower, a 15 kilowatt generator, and a walk-in cabinet. The towers will be a total of 265 feet tall, including a five-foot lightning rod, with the antennas attached at 250 feet.

That the tower plans exist at all is a direct result of local efforts to draw attention to the area’s poor reception, spearheaded by Hornsby resident Gerald Brand, who started a Macoupin County AT&T Users Forum on Facebook (facebook.com/groups/867663596758660) that has more than 3,600 members and hosted a town hall meeting with AT&T representatives in mid-June so they could hear directly from affected customers. “We got what we set out to accomplish,” said Brand, who noted he has been told by AT&T that without these local efforts, it could have been several years before the county received new towers. “We wanted better cell service and these towers should improve our service.”

At the June meeting, Jim Maurer, AT&T Illinois vice president of external affairs, said it typically takes two years for a tower to be installed, due to regulatory compliance steps that have to be taken. However, AT&T intends to expedite the process and have the two new towers up and running by the end of the second quarter of 2019. Maurer could not be reached for comment on the new towers prior to press time, but Mt. Clare Village President Glenn Simmons said AT&T told the village’s board that community’s tower could be completed prior to the end of the year.

 These maps of Mt. Clare  and Medora   show the approximate locations (marked with red stars) where new AT&T towers will be installed to improve cell phone service in the southern portion of the county.