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Photograph: Chip Leyens shows St. Landry Parish Council members the location of a cell phone tower between La. 167 and Interstate 49. (Photo by Bobby Ardoin.)

Editor/Consulting Writer

A St. Landry Parish Council Committee has approved the application for a communications tower that will be located off La. 167 in order to provide better phone communication for area residents and vehicles that are traveling on Interstate 49.

Members of a Public Works Committee approved the start for the tower which will be located on a leased portion of property owned by Edward James Lopez, according to a proposal presented on Wednesday night by Chip Leyens, a shareholder with Baker, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC.

When completed, the 285-foot tower will support communications by T-Mobile and two other carriers, Leyens told the Committee.

Leyens said he was appearing before the Committee since the Council previously passed a tower ordinance. The ordinance requires consent from the Council for the installations of telecommunication towers.