The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 13, 2001


Nextel considers options for cell tower placement

A crowd of about twenty spectators left the room when the Board of Appeals decided to continue the hearing on Nextel's application for installation of a communications monopole at 1 River Road to May 3.

William Proia from Nextel Communications and John Coste of Sprint Spectrum submitted a letter to the board stating that they have become aware of an application being prepared "by another wireless provider and is likely to be filed with the planning board in the near future. We have been in touch with the other provider and are in the process of analyzing the viability of their location and facility as an alternative to Nextel's proposed facility."

Contacted later, Carlisle Planning Board Administrator George Mansfield said that the board has not received an application from a wireless provider to date.

Nextel and Sprint may be looking to co-locate on a monopole constructed by AT&T Wireless Services. In a July 27, 2000 hearing before the Carlisle Conservation Commission, AT&T proposed to build a wireless communications facility at 662 Bedford Road not far from Canterbury Court. According to Conservation Administrator Sylvia Willard the board issued a standard order of conditions for the project that reflected restrictions for construction in a wetlands buffer. Special conditions primarily dealt with chemicals used during construction.

"We as a commission realized that this needed to be looked at from a wetlands perspective, and didn't matter if it were a monopole or a house," said Willard. She noted that the commission did consider monopole-related specifics to ensure that hazardous materials were not brought to the site and to review effects on birds during migration periods. Commission members recognized that the planning board would have final determination on the proposed project.

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