Town wants more info before allowing Bell tower

Staff

The town will have to get more information before agreeing to erect a Bell Mobility telecommunications tower at the Memorial Sports Centre.
As previously reported, Medallion Land Services, acting for Bell Mobility, asked the town if it can erect telecommunications towers at Sunny Cove Camp and in the southwest corner of the parking lot at the Memorial Sports Centre.
The matter was referred to the Planning and Development executive committee, which, at its April 4 meeting, had concerns regarding the latter site, including the aesthetic appeal, the height and size of the tower, as well as the reduction in off-street parking.
Also at that meeting, Community Services manager George Bell suggested town-owned property north of Scott Street at the intersection of Butler Avenue (where the town has a sewage lift station) as an alternate site.
Another location suggested included town-owned lands along Front Street, just east of the mill wood yard.
While the Planning and Development executive committee supports the concept of a tower, it has requested Medallion Land Services provide more information regarding tower height, base dimensions and depth, requirements for stabilization (i.e., cables), aesthetics, and possible alternate locations.
If the town were to go ahead with the proposed deal, Bell Mobility would pay the town $500 during the construction phase for both projects.
Then as soon at the construction of each is completed, the company would pay the town annual rent in the amount of $6,000 for each site.
After five years, if the town exercises its first option to renew the agreement, the rent would go up to $6,600/year per site.
After 10 years, if the town exercises its second option to renew the agreement, the rent would go up to $7,260/year per site.
And after 15 years, if the town exercises its third option to renew the agreement, the rent would go up to $7,986/year per site.