EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. -- A 200-foot cellular telephone tower that just went up is now a political lightning rod. In a town that attracts tourists with its history, mixed messages are flying between some city leaders over who gave it the go-ahead.
"I just felt it was a backdoor approach by Smith Communications and, no, I'm not happy with the way they conducted themselves," said business owner and city councilman James DeVito.
What DeVito is unhappy about is the construction of a cell phone tower that he says was never meant to be there when the council re-zoned the land on which it sits.
"The property was re-zoned to accommodate the wishes of the property owner whose intent was to build more storage units. It was not re-zoned for a tower; the application was to re-zone for additional storage units," said DeVito.
But, DeVito says, after the land was re-zoned, Smith Communications seized the opportunity and a green light from the Federal Communications Commission.