Radio co-op hoping for tower and repeater

Rossland Radio Co-op was back before city council Monday.

Rossland Radio Co-op was back before city council Monday seeking permission to move the radio tower to their current location on Columbia Avenue.

Station director Marty Cancilla said they would also be interested in installing a repeater.

“We think that the tower,  in combination with the repeater, would be advantageous.”

He said that while the best spot would be the top of Red Mountain, it would be much more difficult for the co-op to secure that place given the associated lease expenses.

One option would be the city fire hall, but with a reduced signal projection area because the repeater is line-of sight.

The co-op also welcomed suggestions from neighbours who may be affected by the towers’ presence. The only response they got was that it wouldn’t negatively affect the area.

Cancilla said the tower is definitely the next step for the group.

The proposal will come up for discussion at the Oct. 11 regular council meeting.

In other council news, Coun. Jill Spearn attended a Chamber of Commerce meeting.

She said downtown merchants and the community in general want more info about the Columbia Avenue rebuild.

Business are uneasy because a lot of them start to plan inventory for next year and it’s still not known what sort of disruptions will occur once construction begins.

The chamber is offering to be a forum to feed into the process so businesses don’t get left behind.

Mayor Greg Granstrom said there is little to say about it, since the city is also waiting for a report to come back on the extent of the renewal.

Spearn added that it was important for people to know council is also waiting on info, so rumours don’t persist.