AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – The City of Aurora provided some answers to a story CBS4’s Karen Morfitt reported on Monday night. A resident says a strange utility box was installed in her front yard without much explanation or warning.

An Aurora homeowner questions a mysterious utility box placed in her front yard. (credit: CBS)

An Aurora homeowner questions a mysterious utility box placed in her front yard. (credit: CBS)

City officials told CBS4 on Tuesday afternoon the box is a power box for a small cell antenna. A wooden pole nearby will “accommodate the antenna itself.”

They say they are talking with the carrier to help keep the visual impact of these installations low in the neighborhood.

Last week, Geneive Williams found contractors in her driveway installing the box. She tells CBS4 the men led her to believe it was a small cell tower which would eventually help build a future 5G network in Aurora.

An Aurora homeowner questions a mysterious utility box placed in her front yard. (credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

“I want it removed, and I’m going to fight for that,” Williams said on Monday.

Officials also say a letter was sent to neighbors, but the letter sent to this particular home was returned as undeliverable.

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  1. We agree that the placement of this facility was poorly done and that most homeowners would feel the same as Ms. Williams. This is a bad situation that she finds herself in.

    A general shortcoming of the reporter in the initial story was not clarifying further that is probably not “her” private property. What many think is “your property” may actually include several feet of public right of way where utilities have long been granted certain operational latitude and that both recent federal rules and state laws are now preventing municipalities from stopping these types of installations. The current FCC has instituted onerous and strong actions that have further cut into local authorities’ ability to manage this space on behalf of its residents.

    Under these current restrictions, the City of Aurora may not be able to do much, if anything, to help as these situations arise. Many organizations across the nation, such as the Colorado Communications and Utility Alliance are working hard to restore local authority and resist undue erosion in the ability of local decision makers to do what is best for their own communities.

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