Local AT&T service to improve, city to receive 26K annually after agreement with phone company


Local AT&T cell phone users will be getting a boost in their service.

The Mount Pleasant City Commission approved an agreement during Monday's commission meeting with AT&T to rent space on the Chipp-a-Waters Park telecommunications monopole at a rate of $26,400 per year.

Monopoles are single-tubed towers, typically 100-200 feet tall, that can contain antennas for various telephone companies on its exterior.

MetroPCS currently rents antenna space on the tower.

AT&T, the United States' second-largest provider of cell phone service, first approached Mount Pleasant in 2013 to rent space for an antenna on the monopole. It was built in 2009 and is located at 1403 W. High St.

The company's plans gained approval from the Mount Pleasant Parks and Recreation Commission and the Planning Commission in February and March, respectively. City commissioners, with the exception of Vice Mayor Jim Holton, who was absent, unanimously authorized the lease as part of its consent calendar.