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Fulton County supervisors look at a new cell tower

JOHNSTOWN –The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider approving a contract with New Cingular Wireless for a cell tower to be located at the county landfill.

The board’s Public Works Committee recently voted to move authorization of the contract to the full board for final approval.

“A proposed agreement with New Cingular Wireless to locate a cell tower on property at the Department of Solid Waste is anticipated to improve communications for emergency response capability in the western portion of the county,” department Director David Rhodes told the committee. “It would also improve Department of Solid Waste operations relating to the landfill GPS system in equipment and improve phone coverage.”

The proposed 195-foot wireless telecommunications tower would be situated at the landfill, off Mud Road in the town of Johnstown. The contract is expected to presented Tuesday to the full board.

“I’ve spoken with New Cingular,” Rhodes said. “I expect that I’ll have [a contract] in the next day or so.”

Some of the factors that determine lease payments include supply and demand, location, and population densities. Rhodes said he has researched other tower leases within Fulton County and believes the existing lease payment per month is comparable.

The agreement involves construction of a 195-foot cell tower on the Woolrich Road side of the Department of Solid Waste facility on a 100-by 100-square-foot area with right of way from Woolrich Road. The lease agreement would be for five years, with eight five-year renewals, for a span of 45 years.

Rhodes said the Johnstown Town Planning Board has approved New Cingular Wireless’ site plan application. He said county Emergency Management Office Director Steven Santa Maria supports the project.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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