AT&T cell tower in Issaquah Highlands enters operation

February 10, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 10 a.m. Feb. 10, 2011

The long-planned AT&T cell tower in the Issaquah Highlands has entered operation.

The structure is near a 45-foot T-Mobile tower close to the Park Drive Northeast entrance to Central Park and a reservoir. Landscaping at the AT&T site is almost complete.

Council Utilities, Technology & Environment Committee members unanimously approved the agreement last May after a long process. The measure did not require a vote by the full City Council.

Legislation for the AT&T tower reached the City Council in 2008. Officials asked AT&T to add the ability to co-locate — or lease space to — other carriers on the tower. The measure returned to the council in 2009 and included stronger co-location language. Officials finally approved the pact last year.

The city estimated the agreement should generate at least $12,000 per year for the city. The rate escalates each year by either 4 percent or the local Consumer Price Index, whichever is greater.

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