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Washington Township Cell Tower Plan Complete

The township's planning board will begin hearing an application for the plan early next year.

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.

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Twp Res December 08, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Washington Township finally woke up! It is 2012 and I cant get more than one bar (signal) in town. The town leaders should be embarrased that is took so long. I had to go outside, walk down the street and lift one leg to make a phone call during Sandy. For those who oppose a cell tower in town, shut your smart phones off, I am sure you can live without them! The world of mobile has improved how we all communicate efficiently and effectively. It is the POTs line of our new era.
Richard Fox December 08, 2012 at 10:28 PM
So it can go to hearing as soon as January........January of what year? This has been dragged out for how many years? This town is the slowest town to decide any issue that I have ever seen or heard of! The total leadership of this town needs to be changed.
Another point of view... December 08, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Its now seven years and this is still not resolved. In this world we live, its very important our children are able to reach us whether at school (two Township High Schools) or the shopping center. We are one horrific incident away from questioning why again this needs to take seven years. I urge our administration to please get this resolved once and for all. Thank you!
Carey Grant December 10, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Get a better service, and for Pete's sake, put your leg down when your making your calls. You look like an idiot.
Carey Grant December 10, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Ohhh boo hoo Richard....Why don't you run for something so we can vote for you? NOT! Put the cell tower in your yard if your so hot for it.
Carey Grant December 10, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Horrific incident? Is that how you live life? If the town doen't get a cell tower we are all living on the edge of doom? Stop the drama and go get a life. And the cell tower isn't necessary
Another point of view... December 10, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Carey Grant instead of leaving nasty comments you should pick up a newspaper or watch the news. Unfortunately this is the world we live in. I know no one wants the tower in their backyards and if that is where you are coming from I completely understand. However, when you talk about children safety you just sound like an idiot. Trying to reach a child at night or after work....or when at school should be a given.
Carey Grant December 11, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Use a landline
TWP. Guy February 10, 2013 at 02:40 PM
After they forclose on Schroeder's lake house they can stick the tower there! Isn't that next to your house Carey?

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