The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 14, 2002


Cell tower application almost complete

A receptive board of appeals and 30 to 40 neighbors and abutters heard cell tower applicant David Woodward make a formal presentation covering most of the questions required to complete his application to erect a 199-foot lattice-type tower on the Woodward-Anderegg property line off Bedford Road. Many of the details of the proposal had been presented at earlier hearings.

One of the remaining questions is whether a light will be needed on the tower due to its proximity to Hanscom Field. The applicant stated he and his partner, Gretchen Anderegg, did not want a light and might be willing to reduce tower height to avoid one. In addition, the board felt that specific FAA requirements and FCC regulations should be reviewed with town counsel.

A member of the audience questioned the need for a lattice tower rather than a simple monopole, as specified in Carlisle's cell tower bylaw. Paul Gill who chaired the committee that drafted the bylaw, clarified that the committee had anticipated that a cell tower may be located in a very visible spot in town. Since the proposed site is relatively shielded from view, he said that he personally sees no problem with a lattice structure.

The Woodward-Anderegg application requires five variances, including siting on a property line, proximity to a home (596 feet rather than the required 900), height above 150 feet, a lattice structure, and placement of a backup generator on the site.

The hearing was continued to Wednesday June 19.

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito