Council approves cell tower proposal

By Lisa Capobianco
Staff Writer
The Southington Town Council voted unanimously Monday to approve a Verizon cell tower on East Street.
During the meeting, council members voted 6 to 0 in approval of the location of the cell tower, which will be located on the northeast section of the leaf site on East Street, reported Town Attorney Mark Sciota. The Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to approve the location earlier this month.
The council also voted 6 to 0 to approve a five-year lease with Verizon for the area in which the 80-90 foot pole will sit on. The top ten feet of the tower will be used for public safety in town.
Sciota said the town will benefit from the cell tower, receiving $2,000 per month to have the tower on site, plus an additional $3,000 to $4,500 per month depending on how many additional sites Verizon sells.
“They have the ability to put three to four additional carriers on there, according to the Verizon representatives,” Sciota told to the Town Council.  “They get between $2,000 and $3,000 a month per carrier, [and] half of that will be the town’s.”
In the past, the town has looked at previous sites for other cell towers, including the police and fire station and downtown, Sciota said during a Planning and Zoning meeting earlier this month.
“Through the years, we’ve been trying to get as many cell towers on town property as possible,” Sciota told Planning and Zoning. “This is one where we’re really excited about the placement of it.”

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