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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

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.

One thought on “Temporary cell tower returns to Ridgewood location on Route 17

  1. Is it me or does that contraption look like some kind of oversized drone….?

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