Portland steps back from emergency radio tower

Portland steps back from emergency radio tower

City officials pulled away from its plan to build the 140-foot tower on Gresham Butte.

Portland pulled its tower application this week as officials from both cities have been meeting to find a solution that can improve public safety communications in east Multnomah County without marring the landscape, said Eric Chambers, a senior city administrator in Gresham.

Previously, Portland officials adamantly defended the tower's height as necessary to reach radio signals around the area's hills and into the Sandy River canyons, and they resubmitted an application in late January with the intention of pushing the project forward. Gresham officials, led by Mayor Shane Bemis, just as strongly opposed anything that tower above the tree line on the butte, also known as Walters Hill.

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