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Friday, June 6, 2008

Historical Commission okays wireless facility in church steeple

Plans for an Omnipoint wireless facility at the First Religious Society (FRS) church were approved by the Historical Commission on May 27. In a continuation of a hearing on April 27, Jennifer Lewis of Prince, Lobel, Glovsky and Tye, attorney for Omnipoint Communications, Inc. (a subsidiary of T-Mobile), returned to the commission with revisions to Omnipoint’s plans to install a wireless facility at the church on the Town Common. Representing the FRS at the meeting was Jackie Schafer.

Commission member Larry Sorli reported that he, Alan Cameron of the FRS and a representative of T-Mobile made a site visit to the bell tower to ascertain the best location for three GPS antennas. A plan presented to the Historical Commission at the April hearing had placed the small GPS antennas in back of the steeple on the church roofline. The new plan is to side-mount them to the chimney, which ensures minimal visual impact. This plan was acceptable to the Historical Commission and the landlord (FRS).

Another revision concerned the vertical panels on the steeple, behind which the wireless antennas would be mounted. Lewis assured the commission that mounts for the antennas would be located inside the steeple. Omnipoint guaranteed that all vertical boards on the steeple will be replaced by molded fiberglass to mimic the existing wood. It will match the existing texture, style and color of the steeple, and no visual impact is anticipated.

Asked about a starting date for the installation, Lewis said that the Planning Board needs to approve the plan, but possibly the work would begin “at the end of June.” ∆

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