The Payson Town Council last week unanimously approved a sweet deal some residents might consider an eyesore.
The council approved a 34-year extension of a cell tower rental fee atop two water storage tanks that will net the town about $27,000 annually — not quite half the cost of a fireman’s salary and benefits.
The town rents space atop the water tanks to Crown Castle Company, which broadcasts signals for Sprint, T-Mobile, Nextel, Airband Communication and American Messaging Services.
The tanks sit on high points strategically distributed around town. The town’s water department pumps water from wells into the tanks during slack periods, then supplies homes with the gravity fed water from the tanks during peak use periods.
But the cells atop the tanks also provide cell phone coverage all over town around the clock.
The council voted for a multi-year extension of the existing leases of the water tank cell sites to 2045, which the company sought so it could get financing to pay the cost of improvements, rather than relying on a year-to-year arrangement.
The water tanks sit at 902 N. Hillcrest Drive and 1100 N. Falconcrest Drive.