Friday, November 9, 2007
Historical Commission approves wireless facility in church
Before its joint meeting with other town boards on October 30 to discuss pathways (see article, page 1), the Historical Commission continued consideration of an application by Sprint/Nextel to site a wireless facility at the First Religious Society at 27 School Street. Joseph Pereira of Terra Search, representing the applicant, presented modifications to the original plan that addressed concerns of the Historical Commission.
Most equipment will be hidden inside the church steeple and attic, but air conditioners will be located behind and to the north side of the church. Pereira outlined changes to the outside area enclosing the air conditioning units — two units are now planned instead of three, with space for more if needed. Also, a concrete wall has replaced a proposed new stone wall around the area. A Durofiber skin will cover the entire spire instead of a portion, eliminating the need to match existing colors and meet the corner trim and edge boards. Three small GPS antennas that originally were to be mounted outside the steeple will now be placed inside.
Robert Koning, Jr., Keeper of the Town Clock, which is located inside the First Religious Society steeple, expressed concern over keeping the clock mechanism safe during construction. Pereira assured him that his company will work with the town to protect the clock and construction drawings will provide relevant details.
The commission approved the application as submitted, conditional upon the provision of shop drawings showing the actual condition of the corner trim on the spire and protection of the clock mechanism. The commission will be allowed to document the construction process with photographs.
The project still needs Planning Board approval, and is scheduled to be discussed by the Board on November 26. Assuming all permits are obtained, work is expected to begin in the first quarter of next year.
In a second application, Peter and Gale Constable of Lowell Street asked for approval to construct an addition to their back porch, only a portion of which would be visible from the road. The commission approved the plans as submitted.
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