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Cell tower applicant considers other sites

The cell tower application, which was sent to the town on June 15, claimed that the tower would provide a necessary service to the Jonesville area.

"The town is lacking adequate coverage in the area surrounding the site the proposed installation is a public necessity," the application claimed.

About two dozen residents came to a July board meeting in which the board expressed its intent to hold a public hearing on the matter in September.

Board members voted against a resolution that would have sent the application to the planning board for recommendation. Councilman Tom Paolucci has abstained from any votes on the matter because he works for an unrelated department of Verizon Wireless.

"It's a separate total company from Verizon Wireless that is making this application," he said at the time. "To avoid any potential apparent conflict that looks that way I'm going to abstain from voting on this."

"I would like to see, and I think the board would like to see, a different location," Barrett said after Monday's meeting. "I have spoken to people about different areas that the cell tower might be able to be located that might work better for everybody and I'm very hopeful we can come up with a solution that can work for everybody."

One alternative site mentioned is the nearby Elks Club on MacElroy Road. However, the applicant claims that this location was tested using transmitters on cranes in 2006 and it would not provide the coverage that the Van Patten location would.

"(The Elks Club location) provides significantly redundant coverage with the Kinns Road water tank (presuming the site is built) and does not adequately cover the core Jonesville residential areas east of the town center," the application claimed.

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