APA queries Verizon about Minerva cell tower

— •And they want a tower that provides service to Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile subscribers.

“There is also a sense of dissatisfaction with Verizon regarding both communication and action,” Ricketson wrote. “Because of this there was a general discussion about the feasibility of alternatives.”

One alternative was to have another service provider, such as AT&T, build the tower in Minerva. Another was to have the town build a tower and rent out space.

In collaboration, the Town Board, Planning Board, and Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public workshop on cell phone service, probably in May. Participants with knowledge of cell phone technology and community owned services are encouraged to attend. Representatives from service providers and the APA will also be invited in order to provide information and increase understanding of the various issues involved.

Three years have passed since Verizon first initiated the project by signing a land lease with the town of Minerva to build a tower on town property at 5 Morse Memorial Highway.

Other business

Several other projects were discussed at the Town Board’s April 5 meeting.

•Councilmen David Labar and Eric Klippel reported that they expected to have a written quote for repairing the town generator. They noted that this was the fourth contractor that they had consulted since January.

•Councilman Keith DuBay said that Warner Brothers Construction was evaluating the roof of the highway garage in order to determine the reason for the damage it sustained and how to prevent it in future. They will be submitting this report to Star Engineering. Related to this issue, the board discussed options for having insulation removed from the roof.

•The chain saw safety training that had previously been agreed upon is scheduled to take place on April 24.

•It was noted that the milfoil project had been so effective over the past few years that only 40 hours were needed this year in order to continue the management and removal of the plants from the area. This would be scheduled in two 20-hour blocks, at the beginning and end of the season.

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