On July 15 the Village of Jemez Springs Planning and Zoning Commission, following a period of public input, voted to revoke the wireless telecommunications facility conditional use permit granted to Commnet in 2014. The Commnet tower located at 17816 Highway 4 (Johnson Hill Road) provides roaming services for various cellphone providers.
According to Commission minutes, Commnet violated the conditions of the permit by not submitting annual radio frequency (non-ionized electromagnetic radiation) reports and not applying for recertification of their permit prior its fifth anniversary.
Public input favored action that would demonstrate consequences for noncompliance to the Village Code. In addition, the Commission voted to provide Commnet a temporary permit to operate the tower that will expire in approximately 90 days, which is also the deadline stated in the Village Code for the removal of the tower.
Commnet was represented at the hearing by Alexis Leidigh, Regulatory Compliance Manager. In
addition to the four commissioners, ten members of the Jemez community attended the meeting.
On July 19 the Village received a letter of application and required fees from Commnet requesting a conditional use permit for a replacement tower at the same site which they hope to have in place, if approved, within the 90-day timeframe. Commission Chair, Mike Nealeigh, stated that once the application is complete and evaluated by an independent consultant employed by the Village a public hearing will be held.