School mulling cellular towers |

School mulling cellular towers

Jennifer Davoren

The Aspen School District is in the process of taking bids that may lead to the construction of a cell-phone tower atop its $40 million addition.

Principal Kendall Evans said the school district is currently studying the tower project, which would improve the valley’s reception.

“Three different companies are bidding that project,” he said. “Right now we’re looking at the design.”

Tower design is a major concern for the district as officials decide whether to add to their construction plans, Superintendent Tom Farrell said.

Possibilities for bids include disguising the tower or otherwise camouflaging the structure, he said.

“The biggest issue, quite frankly, is what this will look like. We have no desire to have one of these tall towers on campus,” Farrell said.

If a tower is built along with the AHS addition, it could mean $2,000 to $3,000 a month in rental fees for the district. Whether or not a construction bid will be accepted, however, is entirely up to the members of the school board.

“The board will have the final say,” Evans said.

Final bids will not be submitted to the school board for a final decision for a few weeks, Evans said.

The last attempt to build telecommunication towers in Aspen was shot down July 18 when the Pitkin County Planning and Zoning Commission denied a request to build the structures at Smuggler Mine. The commission cited the historical significance of the proposed site as the reason for the denial, but concerned locals also questioned the overall safety of the towers.

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