X-Cell has been given approval to lease a 100 x 100 ft. property off of Cliff Street in Harveys Lake Borough with the purpose of constructing a 195 ft. cell phone tower.
The initial meeting regarding the tower took place in April of this year, but has experienced delays with finalizing the plans, mainly due to a conflict concerning the leasing of the land where the tower is to be built. X-cell only wanted to lease the 100 x 100 feet of property where the tower is to be constructed. The property is located on an area totaling 30 acres, which is owned by a private resident who would have legally been responsible for all taxes on the property if it were not separated into a subdivision status. X-cell was informed it would need to obtain permits and submit a revised land development plan in order to apply for the subdivision status.
All documents, plans and permits have now been satisfied, enabling X-Cell to move forward with the project.
Mario Calabretta, engineer for X-Cell and Eric Goldman, an attorney representing X-Cell were present at the initial meeting where Calabretta introduced the potential plans for the tower and Goldman answered the legal inquiries.
Several residents voiced opposition to the tower’s construction, stating it would disrupt the area’s natural beauty, as well as possibly lower property values. There was also concern about how truck traffic would burden the area during construction. Calabretta’s response was that there would not be any extremely large trucks needed for the construction and the drilling rig and concrete trucks would be the only trucks utilizing the road. When questioned as to why the tower needed to be built specifically in Harveys Lake, Goldman responded that about half of the borough currently does npt receive adequate cell phone reception.
The 100 ft. area will be considered a commercial parcel, with its own pin number for tax purposes. Initially, only 50 x 50 feet will be used for the tower with room to expand if other carriers wish to join withanchor provider, AT&T.
The entire construction process should take about four to six weeks, depending on the weather, according to Calabretta.
Planning Commission President Larry Radel said the planning board had made a request that the 195 ft. tower be lowered to a height of only 10 to 20 percent higher than the tallest tree in the area, as a courtesy to residents, but the zoning department had already approved the 195 ft. variance.
X-Cell will now submit the revised documents to the county in the final stage of the process. No date has been scheduled as to when the tower’s construction will begin.