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Verizon appeal extension to be considered by Nevada City

The Nevada City Council will decide Wednesday whether or not to continue Verizon’s appeal of the recent denial to place eight antennas in the historic downtown district.

The council has the appeal hearing slated for Dec. 14.

According to the staff report, Verizon is requesting the continuance of their appeal in order to investigate alternative sites.

According to City Manager Mark Prestwich, a number of alternative city owned sites have been presented to Verizon.

Epic Wireless LLC, acting on behalf of Verizon, filed the appeal with the city on Sept. 30 and at the same time requested that staff not agendize the appeal until January of 2017.

Staff, however, felt the request to delay might give the impression that an appeal had not actually been filed, the report states.

City staff was also concerned that there could be pending legislation expected to be resolved within the coming months that might benefit the applicant’s appeal request.

In order to mitigate these concerns, staff felt that setting the date of Dec. 14 and utilizing the public forum of the City Council meeting would be best to provide transparency on the matter.

Because the necessary noticing has not taken place, there will be no action on whether or not to deny or approve the appeal during the meeting Wednesday.

To contact Staff Writer Elias Funez email efunez@theunion.com, or call 530-477-4230.