Evanston aldermen Monday voted to have a city staff committee review new permits for AT&T utility boxes on city parkways.


Evanston aldermen Monday voted to have a city staff committee review new permits for AT&T utility boxes on city parkways.

The move was suggested at the Rules Committee meeting by Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, as an alternative to demands by the “Stop the Box” committee that the city establish a utility commission to review the permit requests.

The existing Site Plan and Appearance Review Board meets weekly to review many larger building permit requests.

The aldermen also urged city staff to investigate whether smaller boxes could be used by AT&T than the models it is currently installing in Evanston to provide its new video service over traditional phone lines.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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