A plan for a new cell tower in Washington Township is ready for a public hearing which could start as soon as January, according to township attorney Kenneth Poller.
The plan calls for a 120-foot monopole with external antennas to be built on the north side of the Municipal Complex. The base of the tower and its equipment will be surrounded by an 8-foot white vinyl fence which will be designed to match the complex's Colonial style.
Verizon recently completed some final design revisions and submitted it to the Washington Township Planning Board, Poller said this week. The board may begin hearing the plan as early as January.
Some residents, like Ray Bernroth, have been eagerly waiting for the tower to be built to improve their phone service. Bernroth has made a habit of asking about the tower's process during council meetings, jokingly saying he wanted to know if it would be finished "during [his] lifetime."
"I could get my cousin Charlie, who's two years younger than me, and we could have gotten it up sooner," Bernroth said.
Other residents have opposed the tower, though they have been less vocal at public meetings since the council made a final decision for its location.