Metro Council to discuss 5G cell towers, consider MovEBR contracts today

The Metro Council is scheduled to consider several high-profile topics at tonight’s meeting, including 5G small cell tower issues as well as the MovEBR program manager contracts.

Also on the agenda are opposing items to execute a contract for bond counsel services, as well as a proposed anti-discrimination resolution, sponsored by council members Matt Watson and Barbara Freiberg, that is expected to be deleted and taken up at another time. 

Council members, city-parish leaders and neighborhood groups are expected to discuss solutions to the 5G cell tower issue, under an item proposed by councilman Trae Welch. AT&T began installing the towers last year as a precursor to bringing 5G technology to Baton Rouge, but resident complaints over towers in their neighborhoods prompted Mayor Sharon Weston Broome to temporarily suspend the buildout.

City-parish leaders and neighborhood groups formed a task force and sought legal counsel with plans to propose amendments to the local ordinance governing the implementation of small cell towers.

The Metro Council will also discuss and vote on the MovEBR program manager contracts, collectively valued at $13.1 million and split among 16 firms. Some council members have been fielding questions from residents concerned about the program’s efficiency, which will likely be brought up at the meeting, though most council members are expected to approve the contracts to get the roads improvements program started. 

The Metro Council will meet at 4 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 222 St. Louis St. Read the full agenda. 

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