Cell tower proposal concerns park officials, residents

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff
Posted June 05, 2009, at 10:13 p.m.

TREMONT, Maine — A proposal to erect a 100-foot cell phone tower near the edge of Acadia National Park has concerned park officials and some area residents.

New Cingular Wireless PCS is proposing to erect the tower off Kelleytown Road. The planning board on Tuesday, June 2, considered an application for municipal approval to erect the tower.

Town Manager Millard Billings said Thursday the board took no action on the proposal and has scheduled a public hearing on it later this month. The public hearing is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, at the town office, he said.

Billings said some residents have raised the possibility of enacting a moratorium on cell phone tower construction so the town can draft a specific cell phone tower ordinance. Tremont now has a general ordinance that limits the height of communications towers to 100 feet, he said.

Other residents have indicated that such a height limit could increase the number of communications towers in Tremont. If such towers could be taller, the thinking goes, they could accommodate more equipment and cover more area, which would reduce the need for additional towers elsewhere in town, he said.

Officials with Acadia have sent the town a letter expressing their concerns about the impact of the proposed tower on the park’s scenic views, according to Acadia Park Planner John Kelly.

In the town of Mount Desert, which also abuts Acadia National Park, voters in May approved a six-month moratorium on communications tower development. Mount Desert selectmen in February had endorsed enacting such a moratorium because communications towers are exempt from the local tower ordinance, and because developers had inquired at the town office about local communications tower regulations, Mount Desert officials have said.

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