As I understand the situation, the County did not want to deal with the applications locally for any new towers or for any additions, no matter how small, on existing towers. This came about with the Cellular activity in the County. Apparently the County did not have a County engineer capable of qualifying filed tower engineering documents, and did not want to hire one.That's certainly disappointing about Luna County. Local governments are supposed to be helping their residents gain access to high-speed internet. Sounds as if the county is taking an obstructionist approach.
So they took the easy way out. The way the regulations are now written an applicant for such a project, anything to do with an existing or new tower, must first has to put up $5K or so in an escrow account with the County. The County then has an high priced, on-call engineer from Albuquerque certify all plans, documents and drawings. The Applicant has to pay all the engineer costs. The $5K is just the starter.
The same engineer has to do all on site inspections, before during and after any installation. This could be a full sized brand new 200' tall tower or it could be as little as a single 3 foot diameter antenna on an existing tower. It is all the same. Pay the high price of this out-of-town engineer.
The TWN Construction Manager told me TWN tried starting about 2 years ago to install on the large tower about one mile west of Deming along the Interstate and ran into this situation. It was going to cost more for the Engineer expenses than the total cost of TWN equipment and the labor to install it. A number of attempts to get the County Manager to recognize this discrimination against small businesses was met with the bureaucratic stone wall.
Check the County regulations on towers, etc. and you will find this is true. I did. Unless you have some pretty deep pockets you should not even make an application.
And I was told that even Dona Ana County does the same thing, using the same engineer in Albuquerque. Must be a good captured audience. It is kind of strange that the close by smaller Counties of Hidalgo, Grant and Sierra do not have this requirement. They handle their own tower business in house.
According to what I was told, this is what has delayed for nearly two years the additional TWN service in Luna County. But he told me TWN are working on other methods of overcoming this requirement. Hopefully it will work for you folks.