Council Shoots Down KDOW Tower Plan
July 23, 2009 at 4:48 AM (PT)
SALEM Business KDOW-A/SAN FRANCISCO's proposal to build an new transmission facility in HAYWARD, CA was shot down by the HAYWARD City Council TUESDAY night. The HAYWARD DAILY REVIEW reports that the station's plan to get approval for the four-tower array with a $5 million payment to the city followed by $60,000 annual lease payments, aimed at helping the city build and operate a new library building failed in the face of opposition from some local residents that the towers would not be compatible with the intention of the park district that the area, a former industrial area, be left to return to a natural state.
The HAYWARD Planning Commission approved the towers in a 4-3 vote last year, but opponents want a comprehensive environmental impact report to be performed, including exploration of alternative tower sites. The 4-3 vote did not authorize a follow-up environmental report.
The new facility would have allowed KDOW to increase to 50,000 watts full-time from the present 5,000 watts days/145 watts nights.