A Parsons man wants the city to place a moratorium on the 5G cellular network.

John Barney plans to address the issue during the public comment session of the Parsons City Commission regular meeting on Monday evening.

The commission and city staff briefly discussed 5G and Barney’s concerns during a Thursday afternoon work session.

Ross Albertini, city attorney, said at the end of April the city received a letter from U.S. Cellular requesting the use of city right-of-way to install infrastructure for the fifth generation of cellular network technology. Instead of building a tower as companies have done in the past, U.S. Cellular wants to install smaller boxes on numerous utility poles around Parsons.

Albertini said because the city doesn’t own a lot of poles, the company will have to go through Westar Energy or build its own poles.

Coincidentally, Barney has brought up concerns to the city about health problems related to the 5G network, and Albertini said he will talk about those concerns on Monday.

Albertini said the city can’t really ban the network from city limits, but it could cause delays or “make it difficult” for U.S. Cellular to expand 5G inside the city. Ultimately, though, the company would be successful, he said.

The commissioners will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the commission room at the Parsons Municipal Building.

The commissioners also plan to hear from Dr. Eva Dudek, owner of Parsons Pet Hospital, and Stacy Peoples about a proposed animal rescue and adoption center. The two are members of the local Basic Animal Rights Council.

The commissioners also plan to hear more information about and discuss a proposed splash pad for Forest Park.

In other business the commissioners will consider approval of a change order on a demolition contract with JRB Industries Inc. The company is requesting a time extension to Sept. 27 from the previous deadline of April 19. The city added five more abandoned homes at 1620-1628 Belmont and 310 S. 17th to the open contract with JRB at a cost of $35,700.

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