Marlborough City Council OKs Cell Tower

March 28, 2010 – MARLBOROUGH —  The City Council has approved a new Verizon Wireless cell tower near the Westerly Wastewater Treatment Plant, bringing one year of talks to an end.  The council on Monday unanimously OK’d the 150-foot monopole at 303 Boundary St.

The tower will provide needed service for western Marlborough and part of Rte. 20, said attorney Jim Valeriani, who represented Verizon.

The city received Verizon’s original special permit application in March 2009. However, councilors last year said they were worried that if the tower fell, it could hit the treatment plant.

Verizon moved the tower location 192 feet north of the original proposal to a spot about 200 feet away from the treatment plant.

The company was cooperative in relocating the tower, said Ward 1 Councilor Joseph Delano, who was chairman of the Wireless Communications Committee last year.

“We really don’t love having these things, but it’s not a bad location,” Delano said.

Verizon met several times with councilors last year on the original proposal. The Wireless Committee, now led by Ward 6 Councilor Edward Clancy, voted last month to recommend approving the revised plan with the new location.

The tower will only be visible from parts of Boundary Street and Robin Hill Street, a balloon test showed.

The company will need to coordinate its effort with the Public Works Department because of the ongoing upgrades to the treatment plant, Valeriani said.

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