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Washington Twp. Cell Tower Under Construction

Officials expect the tower to be finished by December 24.

Construction is underway for the new Washington Township cell tower. Photo: Jim Leggate.
Construction is underway for the new Washington Township cell tower. Photo: Jim Leggate.
Washington Township residents who complain of poor cell phone service at home are in for a Christmas Eve treat— the new cell tower at the municipal complex is now under construction and is due to be ready by December 24, officials said Monday.

The process to finalize a location, approve and build the tower has taken several years. While some who live near the site have dreaded the 120-foot-tall monopole going up on the hill next to the town hall, others have eagerly awaited its completion.

"I was in my 60s when I started complaining about this. I'm close to 90 now," township resident Ray Bernroth, who is actually 73, joked.

Phone service providers Verizon and AT&T will both have antennas on the tower. They will pay the township $80,000 per year, with the amount increasing slightly annually.

Township police will also be able to install an antenna on the tower.

When it's done, the tower will be surrounded by an 8-foot white vinyl fence. There will also be a small building housing equipment. There will also be enough room for more phone carriers to be added in the future.
Richard Fox December 11, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Don't get too excited now, they said Dec. 24th but.....they didn't say what year!
PeterB December 12, 2013 at 12:32 PM
Now you can call the mayor from your cell phone to complain about the CVS being built.
ekmay December 13, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Huge tower looming over north end of town hall. What could THAT be????
Peter m December 15, 2013 at 02:11 PM
Bravo Mayor Bravo Mr Poller great job
Scott s December 15, 2013 at 02:47 PM
That thing is tall, did it really have to go up there? They should have stuck it in the woods somewhere or behind the shopping center or near the church it would have been hidden better with trees around it. Guess we will have better service now but wow that thing is standing tall over our municipal building. You can see it from the other side of the lake. Needed but better thought should have gone into where it should have gone
Chuck Matasker December 15, 2013 at 05:03 PM
This cell tower was originally planned for placement behind the tennis courts on Pascack Rd. Since the residents there hold more political influence, (and have access to lawyers and disposable income apparently), the bright public figures of this town, being the delicate geniuses that they all are, decided to stick it in the most densely populated, over-used area in town. Take a look at the junkyard we call Municipal Hall next time you go back there. There is not a square inch that isn't covered by some piece of junky equipment. Enjoy your cell tower. It makes our town look like garbage.
Scott s December 15, 2013 at 05:53 PM
I agree it does not belong there, the tennis courts would have been a good spot. Sounds like its all about who you know in this town interesting. Guess all towns are the same
Jim H December 15, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Cell Tower = Failure to Govern. This is failure that is 7 years in the making. The local government failed on two accounts. The location and the type. I hope all of the people that complained about their cell service can now worry about the looks. Our local government (that supported this tower) installed a commercial looking pole in the center of our town. Great job
twp resident December 27, 2013 at 09:21 AM
The big ugly cell tower complements big ugly town hall on the hill. Good job mayor
resident January 05, 2014 at 06:25 PM
why can't they disguise the ugly pole to look like a tree as other towers are maybe the cracker jack attorney Poller should have negotiated this!!
Jason Silversmith January 07, 2014 at 09:56 AM
In all fairness our newly elected and wonderful mayor has always been opposed to this. She doesn't have a cell phone and still uses a rotary dial phone.
Stanley Sobkowicz January 08, 2014 at 08:29 AM
Jason, She has the cell phone the town have her because she's mayor, and because she doesn't have to pay for it. Taxpayers do. (keep those personal calls to a minimum please)
Stanley Sobkowicz January 08, 2014 at 08:30 AM
Correction. Oops! "Gave"....
Chuck Matasker February 02, 2014 at 11:04 AM
Here's some comforting news! http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/02/01/3-killed-2-hurt-in-w-va-cell-phone-tower-collapse/

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