City hall has approved a five-year lease with Bell Mobility to erect a new cellular telephone tower on Feldman Road. City council voted its approval last Monday night.
The city will collect $9,820 a year for the lease, plus property taxes, with incremental increases of 3% each year. The agreement gives Bell the right to extend the lease automatically every five years, for three successive five-year terms after the first term.
The new tower is to be 200 feet– roughly 20 storeys high — and located on a parcel of land across the road from the city’s water treatment plant.
The recommendation for the new tower came from the city’s Community Development Committee even though the city’s engineering department mentioned that the location might someday limit the expansion of new municipal facilities in that area.
The land parcel is zoned rural land, with flood fringe and hazard land, beside the Mattagami River. The Mattagami Region Conservation Authority was consulted but the MRCA said the tower structure did not have any impact on construction and fill regulations and so their approval was not required.
As part of the tower installation, Bell will also be installing an 8-foot by 6-foot accessory building. The building and the base of the tower will be surrounded by an 8-foot high chain link security fence.
No timeline was provided with respect to when the work will begin on the new tower.