From a controversial cell phone tower in Knollwood to the College Football Hall of Fame, several hot topics were discussed at a committee meeting of the Saint Joseph County Council Tuesday night. A company called Charles Hayes Inc. asked the committee to recommend a special use permit for the site at Adams and Hickory Roads.
“Basically the concerns were 'Can you do something to lower the tower and can you do something to disguise it?' and we've modified our proposal to address both those concerns,” says John Lloyd, attorney for petitioner. The company says they have shortened the proposed tower from 140 to 120 feet and they have plans to disguise it as a tree. The permit proposal was passed on to the full council at their next meeting.
Meantime, a public meeting will be held in the Knollwood neighborhood this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Harris Township Library. In other business the St. Joseph County Council's budget committee agreed to recommend that half a million dollars from the hotel-motel tax, be used to support the College Football Hall of Fame.
“Really we need a community effort to drive and bring people to the Hall of Fame to downtown,” explains director Rick Walls. “It's the only way it works if we all pull together I think we can all increase attendance and make South Bend a better community for everybody.”
South Bend Mayor Steve Luecke says that hotel-motel money is best spent on the Hall of Fame, not the Greenhouse Conservatories as some have recently proposed.
Grant money and an increase of ticket prices to Potawatomi Zoo will help sustain those greenhouses at least through the next year.
Both the Granger cell phone tower and the College Football Hall of Fame tax proposals will be considered by the full County Council at their next meeting, Tuesday December 5th at 7 p.m.