Pinole council to reconsider cell phone tower in park after Verizon threatens lawsuit
To me, as the fire chief, its a life-safety issue, Muse said. Many people rely on their cellphones for their lifeline, the ability to summon emergency help by dialing 911. That instant access to law enforcement and firefighters works for the fire department in Lincoln, which relies on people to report smoke in the timbered and mountainous country where the community is located. Having cellphone service interrupted, he explained, is like going back in time. This is something theyve known about for three years and they didnt act in a timely fashion, he continued. Thats what really bothers me. Muses smartphone is his portal to the world. He had disconnected his landline phone, as have many others. Recently he has reconnected his landline so family members can reach him. The temporary tower is in a lower elevation location so its coverage doesnt extend far from Montana Route 200 that links the town to other, larger communities. This lack of coverage means people will be found along the downtown highway with their cellphones, he said.
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Cell tower planned in Whitingham, Vt
(AP) A cell tower is planned in the Vermont town of Whitingham, which is expected to improve cell service along the Route 100 south corridor. The Vermont Public Service Board approved the town selectboard’s request on Friday. The Brattleboro Reformer reports ( http://bit.ly/12BViKG) the tower would be on town property behind the Highway Department garage, near the town’s transfer station. The tower will be 140 feet tall with 12 antennas of various dimensions. ___ Tweet Cell tower planned in Whitingham, Vt WHITINGHAM, Vt. (AP) A cell tower is planned in the Vermont town of Whitingham, which is expected to improve cell service along the Route 100 south corridor. The Vermont Public Service Board approved the town selectboard’s request on Friday. The Brattleboro Reformer reports… Inside SFGate Labor Day party called off, but report says replacing faulty rods isn’t necessary for opening.
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The vote was 4-1, with Councilman Roy Swearingen dissenting. But it turns out that Verizon already has a lease signed by the city — although Mayor Debbie Long questions whether it is valid without the council’s imprimatur. She referred to a passage in the project’s conditions of approval stating the applicant “shall enter into a lease agreement with the City of Pinole, as approved by the City Council, for use of the property for the proposed wireless communications facility.” Verizon Wireless attorney Jim Heard told the council last week that the city has recorded a memorandum of lease with the Contra Costa County recorder. Notwithstanding her skepticism about the validity of Verizon’s lease, Long voted in favor of reconsidering the council’s June 18 rejection, she said, because she had since learned that Pinole police were experiencing transmission problems in the Pinole Valley. “I spoke to the Police Department. I was not aware there were dead zones in the valley,” she said at Tuesday’s council meeting. “That is why I voted in the affirmative to reconsider,” she said in an interview last week. The council will reconsider its action at a public hearing as part of its July 16 meeting. Verizon’s negotiations with the city over a cellphone tower site go back at least as far as January 2011. The proposed project has since received approval from the Planning Commission, which also approved a mitigated negative declaration of environmental impact and a conditional use permit.
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