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Meeting Will End Fight Over Cell Tower

Monty Solomon (
Sat, 5 Nov 2005 02:30:16 -0500

By Kristen Green, Globe Correspondent | October 30, 2005

After years of battling cellular phone companies over where they can
locate their antennas, Wayland selectmen will ask residents Tuesday to
rezone town-owned land in the Reeves Hill area as a wireless district,
which would pave the way for the first town-approved cell tower.

Officials are asking voters to approve a location specified in a legal
settlement the town reached this summer with Cingular Wireless, a
cellphone company, and Horizon Towers, a tower-building company.

The companies had taken the town to court to push their proposal to
build a tower on Boston Post Road (Route 20) near Pine Brook Road.

The zoning change requires two-thirds approval at Tuesday's Special
Town Meeting. Voters will also be asked to allow the town to lease the
property to Horizon Towers, which would construct a 180-foot cellphone
tower, replacing an existing 120-foot tower on Reeves Hill the town
uses for police and fire communications.

If voters reject the articles, the town will be required under its
settlement agreement to issue a building permit at the Route 20 site,
said Michael L. Tichnor, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, a siting
the town has fought.

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