Cell tower plans moves forward

By Lisa Capobianco
Staff Writer
The Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously in favor of a referral back to the Town Council for a Verizon cell tower on East Street.
During a recent Planning and Zoning meeting, Town Attorney Mark Sciota said the cell tower will be placed on town-owned property the leaf site is located, adding that the monopole will stand 80 to 90 feet. Sciota said the town has looked at previous sites for other cell towers, including the police station, the fire station and downtown, as well as open space areas.
“Through the years, we’ve been trying to get as many cell towers on town property as possible,” said Sciota during the meeting. “This is one where we’re really excited about the placement of it—we’ve marketed this area for awhile now.”
“Verizon is going to have one site, and there could be as many as four to five more sites, which the town will receive half the proceeds for.”
Sciota added that half the proceeds of the cell tower will benefit the town, earning $2,000 to have the pole on site and an additional $3,000 to $4,500 per month, depending on how many sites Verizon sells. The top ten feet of the tower will be used for public safety in town.
“Verizon will give the town $2,000 a month for the use of the area and we’ll receive 30 percent of all the site costs.” Sciota said during the meeting.
The Town Council will have the final vote before Sciota completes the contract.

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