Whitehorse council approves Copper Ridge cellphone tower
City council votes unanimously in favour
Whitehorse City Council voted unanimously Monday night to grant Bell Canada a lease to build a cellphone tower in the Copper Ridge subdivision.
The company says the site beside Falcon Drive is the best place to provide service to the community but residents are concerned about esthetics and possible health effects.
They also say the company hasn't done proper public consultation.
Council postponed the vote last month but Monday night Mayor Dan Curtis said he was voting with the interests of the majority of Whitehorse residents at heart.
"I just wanted to raise a shout out to all the people who have raised concerns," he said. "They're not being ignored. We have listened to their opposition and their concerns, and some of them being grave health concerns, but again we have to look at what's best for the vast majority."
The other councillors followed suit.
Councillor John Streicker brought forward an amendment that council should be able to renegotiate the deal if Transport Canada requires paint and lights on the tower. It was also unanimously supported.
Bell Canada says they'd like to start construction soon.