Friday, February 10, 2006
Wireless bylaw review continues
Chair Kent Gonzales started the February 1 meeting of the Wireless Bylaw Subcommittee by distributing copies of "Draft Wireless Bylaw Revision #3" that had been prepared by David Maxson, subcommittee consultant. During a paragraph-by-paragraph review by subcommittee members and Planning Board chair David Freedman, the section that would allow the Special Permit Granting authority (Planning Board) to waive the 900-foot setback requirement of a personal wireless facility from structures commanded the most discussion.
Speaking from the audience, Paul McCormack of School Street inquired, "Would you consider removing the school from the list of sites that could be subject to an exception? I like everything you are doing but I've spoken to a lot of parents who would object to a wireless facility at the school." Gonzales countered, "In informal discussions with one Selectman, I get the impression that many parents would not object."
Freedman said, "We are not specifically targeting the school. The bylaw would permit an installation at the school with waivers if all other criteria are met. The school has three advantages: a facility there would provide good coverage, it is the highest point in town, and a facility there could provide revenue." McCormack demurred, "I still think you should not allow an exception for the school."
Progress reports will be made to the Board of Health on February 7, Planning Board on February 13 and Board of Selectmen on February 21. The next subcommittee meeting is scheduled for February 16 at 8 p.m. at the Town Offices.
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