Special Planning Board Meeting, October 13, 2011.
Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm. All board members present as well as representatives for Verizon Wireless.
The purpose of the meeting was to review the information from Verizon concerning alternative sites for a cellular tower. Bill Squires was in favor of calling a public hearing since the two sites suggested at the last meeting are inadequate to cover the area. Bill also inquired about the break mechanism in the tower in case of failure. The representative called attention to section H in the original proposal which gives the engineering specs for the tower. They exceed current standards.
We were informed that the neighbor to the south of the proposed site, Mr. Sensinig, has agreed to put an easement in place if necessary.
A discrepancy was noted in the cell tower coverage maps presented by Verizon reps. They used a water tower near Romulus rather than the one that was suggested in the old army depot near McGrain Rd and Yale Farm Rd. A new map will be sent for review by Nov. 3. The board would prefer a tower in this area since it is already zoned for technology. However, this site may not be the most advantageous for cell coverage either.
A motion was made by Linda Mastellar that the process for building the new cell tower move forward to a public hearing for November 17 pending receipt of information on the possible depot site. The motion was seconded by Todd Horton and passed unanimously.
A motion to adjourn was made by Linda M., seconded by Phil K. Meeting adjourned at 7:37.
Barry Somerville, secretary