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Temporary cell tower returns to Ridgewood location on Route 17

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Temporary cell tower returns to Ridgewood location on Route 17

JANUARY 19, 2015    LAST UPDATED: MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2015, 2:04 PM
BY DARIUS AMOS
STAFF WRITER |
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

The recently removed temporary cell tower that overlooked the Exxon Mobil station along Route 17 is returning.

The Ridgewood Zoning Board of Adjustment on Jan. 13 granted a five-month extension to a previously approved resolution that allowed AT&T to install and operate a temporary tower at the site. Dubbed a cell on wheels (COW), a tower is needed in that location to provide customers with seamless coverage of the latest network technology, as required by the Federal Communications Commission, company representatives said.

During last Tuesday’s hearing, zoning board members discussed few details of the extension but verified that the terms of the original resolution would be in effect through the length of the extension.

“Bring back the COW exactly how it was,” said Bruce Whitaker, zoning board attorney.

Last June, the board approved AT&T’s original application to install the trailer-mounted, 75-foot cell tower at the service station site.

A board resolution included terms for required setbacks, shielding and operation, among other details, and stated that the equipment would be removed on or before Dec. 31, 2014.

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Ridgewood zoning board continues discussion on temporary cell tower

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Ridgewood zoning board continues discussion on temporary cell tower

TUESDAY MARCH 4, 2014, 12:36 PM
BY  LAURA HERZOG
STAFF WRITER
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

Discussion continued at the Feb. 25 zoning board meeting on a proposal to place a temporary cell tower at the Exxon Mobil station on Route 17.

Several months ago, AT&T put the tower at the station without zoning board approval. The board was unaware of the tower until they were notified by Albin Court resident Diane Haderthauer at a meeting earlier this year. The board then engaged in discussions with AT&T, and on Feb. 11, the company removed the tower.

A day before, the company submitted an application to the zoning board to place a temporary tower at the same site, Zoning Officer Tony Merlino said. The process has begun to find them a spot on the zoning board’s agenda for a hearing, he said.

According to Merlino, though the application has been submitted, it is not yet complete.

The board’s counsel, Bruce Whitaker, noted that the board could stipulate that the company could leave the tower in that location for “so many months,” and if it’s still there “after X number of months… they would get fined.”

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