KMBZ To Remove Fence Around Tower Site After Neighbor Complaints
April 14, 2014 at 4:07 AM (PT)
After a battle with neighbors, ENTERCOM has agreed to remove the barbed-wire-topped chain link fence around the long-standing towers of ENTERCOM Talk KMBZ-A and Business KUDL-A (KMBZ BUSINESS CHANNEL)/KANSAS CITY in WESTWOOD, KS and has won renewal of its special use permit for the site, reports the PRAIRIE VILLAGE POST.
Market Manager DAVE ALPERT, whose stations had won recommendation of renewal of the tower site's special use permit in DECEMBER from the planning commission despite the protests but then saw the city council reject the recommendation in JANUARY, told the council that ENTERCOM "will take the perimeter fence down to be a good neighbor.”
The fence has been at the site as long as 60-70 years, with the towers and transmitter building date back to 1933; the towers have fallen twice, in 1938 and in 1941, and a teen trespasser fell from one of the towers and died in 1997. Neighbors have complained for several years about the condition of the fence.