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Meeting Set for Monopole Future

The fate of the cell tower will be determined at an added meeting.

The future of the monopole whose lease expired on May 31 remains yet to be determined.

Though the lease ended in May, the telecommunications permit ends this month. Seeing as the district cannot secure tenants until the permit actually expires, according to Craig Sands, a communications expert and Port Washington local, the board has decided to look into hiring a telecommunications attorney before moving forward with anything on the cell tower.

One issue the board has also run into with the tower is the fact that it needs to be checked to make sure it is in compliance with the Town of North Hempstead codes and structurally sound. However, ospreys have built a nest in the tower, and people are not allowed to be within certain footage of the nest.

Sands proposed bringing in a boom truck to rid the area of the osprey for a time, but according to board member J. Duncan the last time a boom truck was used it severely damaged the asphalt it was on. The board agreed the idea would need further investigation before it gained approval.

The board has added another public meeting to their calendar to deal specifically with the questions regarded what will be done with the tower. The meeting will take place August 15 at 9 am. 

Marty Heyman August 15, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Does anyone remember how much the District makes from rent on this tower, annually?

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