Friday, January 29, 1999
Selectmen seek cell tower proposals
The board of selectmen will be seeking proposals for the placement of wireless communications facilities on town land. Town administrator David DeManche said the board's decision was predicated on the belief that the construction of cell towers in town was inevitable and the use of town land afforded an opportunity to generate revenue and control their placement.
The request for proposals (RFP), which is awaiting town counsel approval, lists the potential town sites as the Banta-Davis Land on Bedford Road, Foss Farm on Bedford Road, Gage Woodlot on Ember Lane, Conant Land on Westford Street and department of public works yard off Lowell Street. The selectmen will evaluate proposals based on specific criteria including the impact on adjacent properties and residential neighborhoods, overall number and height of facilities, potential for shared facilities, impact on rural vistas and screening from public roads. The RFP states it will be the job of the applicant to obtain all permits, licenses and approvals from the appropriate federal, state and local bodies. As part of the five-year agreement, the lessee will be expected to maintain insurance and indemnify the town against all claims.
DeManche said he hoped to advertise the RFP this week with an early March deadline, but the timetable may be delayed, depending on the response from town counsel.
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