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Flathead County Board Meeting Delayed on KGEZ Tower Relocation

Flathead County Board of Adjustment will review the radio station's request at its Sept. 5 meeting

A meeting to decide whether KGEZ radio station can relocate its two broadcast towers was delayed once again.

The Flathead County Board of Adjustment will review the radio station’s request at its Sept. 5 meeting after failing to gather enough members to make a decision at its Aug. 1 meeting. Three of the board’s five volunteer members were unable to attend last week’s meeting.

The station, the second oldest in Montana dating back to 1927, is seeking to move its two 325-foot towers from south Kalispell to West Valley. The proposal, which requires a conditional use permit from the county, has prompted opposition among neighbors who claim the towers would negatively impact the surrounding properties and violate zoning standards.

The towers would sit 910 feet apart near the intersection of Farm-to-Market Road and Clark Drive. A six-foot tall fence would surround the perimeter, and three lights would flash from each tower: two red lights halfway up each structure and one at the top. The leased site would also include a 20-by-20-foot equipment shelter.

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