Midwest Energy Inc. soon will be adding a new 150-foot tall telecommunications tower and equipment shelter to the property at Midwest Energy’s property, 1330 Canterbury.

The Hays Area Board of Zoning Appeals approved the special-use permit at a public hearing Wednesday morning. No members of the public were present.

Jesse Rohr, Hays planning, inspection and enforcement superintendent, said he had not received any phone calls on the measure. The self-supporting tower will be located near the intersection of 13th Street and Canterbury, south of the main office building fronting on Canterbury Drive.

Board member Thomas Lippert asked if the company could get by with a shorter tower.

Timothy Flax, Midwest Energy vice president of information technology, said they would reduce the height if possible. It is a microwave system that is operated on a line of sight, taking into consideration tree height and building height in the paths going each way.

The tower will be used as a communication gateway from their corporate office to all of its offices and substations.

The property is zoned C-2, general commercial and service district. The applicant will have to meet Federal Aviation Administration airspace clearance.

In other business, Ashley Neuburger, 620 E. 12th, has requested a variance to reduce the west side yard building setback to construct a 12-foot wide detached garage. There is an existing 10-foot wide garage that will be removed in its entirety.

Staff recommended approval.

A public hearing will be next month.