June 25, 2018
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Plan for 100-foot cellphone tower on Rockland Golf Course makes neighbors nervous

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — Concerns from neighbors about a proposed 100-foot cellphone tower on property of the Rockland Golf Course has led the planning board to schedule a formal public hearing.

The planning board reviewed the proposal at its Sept. 4 meeting, when the code office reported that some neighbors expressed concern over the height of the tower.

Susan Barbour of Old County Road said Monday that neighbors wanted questions answered and that is why a public hearing was requested.

A concern is the tower’s effect on the views of homeowners near the site, she said.

“We don’t want our properties devalued,” she said.

Barbour said that another neighbor, Kevin Fowlie, had circulated a petition signed by neighbors who wanted more information.

U.S. Cellular has applied for the city approval. Following the Sept. 4 meeting, the company agreed it would place a balloon tethered to a 100-foot cable to allow the public to see what a 100-foot tower would look like.

That will be done before the public hearing that is scheduled for 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18.

The tower would be located next to a quarry by the s-curve on Old County Road across from where the golf club clubhouse is located. In addition to the tower, U.S. Cellular plans to erect a 12- by 20-foot building for equipment. The building and tower will be enclosed by a 35-square-foot fence.

The cellphone company is leasing 6,400 square feet of land from the golf club.

The residential neighborhood is located in an A zone, Barbour said, while the golf course is in a less restrictive B zone.

Fowlie said he does not represent the neighborhood but wanted to make it known that residents wanted a hearing. He said that particular area of Rockland does not have commercial development and noted how beautiful the drive is coming into the entrance to Rockland either from Old County Road or Route 17.

Fowlie said a U.S. Cellular representative told him that it needed the flagpole-type tower in order to eliminate a dead zone in Glen Cove.

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