New face in Marlborough City Council

Marlborough – The Marlborough City Council meeting July 26 included a new face: Councilor-elect Robert Tunnera attended his first meeting as Marlborough’s Ward 4 councilor. Sworn in July 26, and welcomed by City Council President Arthur Vigeant, Tunnera commented to At-Large Councilor Patricia Pope that his first meeting was reminiscent of being in school and learning how things are done for the first time.

The meeting began with a public hearing on the relocation of a wireless communication link in the 300 block of Boundary Street. The pole on which the wireless component is located was moved about 190 feet north to a location about 50 feet inside the water supply district.

“There is nothing in there we can find in violation of water supply district policy,” said attorney Jim Valeriani speaking on behalf of Verizon Wireless. Valeriani went on to explain all parts of the system, including a generator that is protected and enclosed, meeting all permit requirements.

Some residents expressed health fears over the new antenna.

“I hear awful things about cell towers, how will this aff ect us, [since]we are right next door,” Marlborough resident Cynthia Burns said.

Valeriani assured the council that Verizon Wireless is in complete compliance with all FCC permits. Addressing the concern of the resident, Vigeant said the council is prohibited from approving or disapproving the placement of the antenna based on health concerns.

Following a two-minute recess and citing a problem with a balloon test, Ward 6 City Councilor Edward Clancy moved to table the matter until the City Council meeting Monday, Aug. 23.

“I would like to have the balloon test prior to testimony August 23,” Clancy said.

Pope, who also was present for the failed balloon test agreed it was best to wait until August to discuss the results of the balloon test. “When I was there, the balloon was down,” Pope said. “I also think it’s best to wait.”

Additional items to be addressed at the Aug. 23 public hearing include a petition from MetroPCS to install new equipment at 157 Union Street; a special permit from Clear Wireless to modify equipment on Onamog Street; and a petition from National Grid to install and relocate poles on Madison Street.

The council scheduled a public hearing for Monday, Sept. 13 for proposed changes to the application for the Fore Kicks II complex to include attracting state and national events, larger regional clients, and in order to accommodate families holding private functions, among other proposed changes.

The council also voted to extend the time limitations for MetroPCS to install telecommunications equipment on an existing pole at 257 Donald Lynch Blvd to Dec. 22.

In a letter to the council, Alex Pitocchelli’s petition on behalf of Backyard Lacrosse, Marlborough Youth Lacrosse, and Fore Kicks for an extension of a lighting permit at the Fore kicks facility was met with approval from Pope.

“As part of this permit it was asked that changes come before the council in a timely manner,” Pope said. “I thank them for doing so.”

The City Council approved extending the lighting permit for the Aug. 12 Marlborough Youth Lacrosse Fund-raiser until 9:45 p.m. At the event, Marlborough Youth Lacrosse will receive 10percent of the concessions proceeds from the newly formed college Backyard Lacrosse organization.

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