City Council considers cell tower proposals

Marlborough – The Aug. 23 meeting of the Marlborough City Council included three public hearings, two of which were about proposed cell towers. Verizon Wireless, represented by attorney James Valeriani, went before the council first. The company would like to erect a 130-foot stand-alone monopole tower at the Kane Self Storage facility, located at 800 Bolton St.

“The purpose for the installation of the tower,” Valeriani said, “is to increase cell coverage along Route 85 and the surrounding area.”

He noted that the company has already gone through all of the proper channels, including the notification of all abutters, noise testing, and a balloon test, which he described.

“The balloon test involves floating a balloon to the height of the proposed tower so that residents and all other interested parties can get a sense of how high above the tree line the tower will be,” he said. “It really gives a sense of how much of the tower will be in view.”

David Dano, a Hudson resident living close to the proposed site, spoke in opposition to the tower, and of the balloon test itself.

“A balloon test should be done when the leaves are off the trees,” he said. “I couldn’t see the balloon from my home, but I think I will be able to see the tower during the winter and early spring.”

Councilor At-Large Patricia Pope also voiced concern.

“It seems to me Verizon is building this tower in Marlborough to increase coverage as much in Hudson as Marlborough,” she said. “So, why aren’t you building the tower in Hudson?”

The second public hearing, also about cell towers, brought less controversy. Metro PCS is hoping to install a series of six towers on top of the Marlborough Hospital at 157 Union St. Andy Candiello, representing Metro PCS, stated that the towers would be located where many towers and antennas already exist. He also assured the City Council and the public that the visibility of these towers would be minimal.

“Our towers will be 71 feet high,” he said. “Some of the other towers currently at this site are up to 88 feet in height.”

Questions for Metro PCS came only from council members and centered around hospital communication interference and helicopter safety.

The final public hearing of the night saw attorney Arthur Bergeron representing Cross Point Associates. The company, in conjunction with TD Bank, would like to purchase 133 East Main St. as part of a full-scale re-purposing of that site.

TD Bank is interested in the site as a new location for a branch office. The bank wouldn’t ordinarily need a public hearing on the matter, but its officials would like to include a 24-hour drive-up ATM at that location. TD Bank intends to improve the site significantly, with added green space, a better view and a larger buff er between commercial and residential properties.

No one from the public spoke in opposition to the TD Bank proposal, and councilors all seemed cautiously optimistic about the potential for a better use of that site.

Also at the meeting, Diane Smith was re-appointed to a new three-year term as city auditor.

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