Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Verizon Wireless is asking the public to submit comments by April 19.
Verizon Wireless is proposing a 130- to 140-foot faux tree cell tower on the Porter Farm property in Holmdel, and now the company is looking for public input. A February public hearing for a proposed faux tree cell tower on Porter Farm quickly unraveled when residents and Holmdel Planning Board members questioned possible tower heights. The tower, which would sit off of Middletown Road, was approved to be built at 130 feet, but when witnesses testified the tower would reach 140 feet and built for possible expansion, board members became frustrated. Now, Verizon Wireless and representatives from Cellco Partnership are looking for Holmdel residents to submit any comments regarding the plan and its effect on the historic Porter Farm, by April…
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
A new hearing is scheduled for April 9 at 7 p.m.
A public hearing for a proposed faux tree cell tower on Porter Farm quickly unraveled when residents and Holmdel Planning Board members questioned possible tower heights . The tower, which would sit off of Middletown Road, was approved to be built at 130 feet, but when witnesses testified the tower would reach 140 feet and built for possible expansion, board members became frustrated. "What I want in my mind's eye is to make this as least intrusive as possible," Mayor Patrick Impreveduto said. "I do not want anyone to recognize it. I don't want them to see anything different than they see now." The cell tower was approved in July 2011 by the Township Committee, which entered into a contract with Verizon to build the tower. Last night's …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The board is meeting tonight at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.
A public hearing to place a faux tree cell tower on the Porter Farm property in Holmdel is tonight at 7 p.m. in Town Hall. The proposed tower would be 8.4 feet in diameter with nine antennaes at 130 feet. The proposal also includes an equipment shelter on the property. The contract for the tower has been awarded to Verizon, as of July 2011. The proposed tower would sit on a piece of township property which was sliced off from the Porter Farm when a road was built. The parcel was deeded to the township, and "annexed" to Bayonet Farm, according to an archived Patch article. On tax maps, its known as Block 11, Lot 76 and is located next to Alcatel-Lucent's blocked-off driveway on American Way. The 130-foot cell tower would mimic a tree's …
Friday, March 9, 2012
Someone entered a locked gate surrounding the tower on Holmdel Road and took $6,000 worth of copper material.
- POLICE & FIRE
Friday, March 9, 2012
Six coppper grounding plates have been stolen from the cell tower at 960 Holmdel Road, say Holmdel Police. The theft was discovered on Thursday by a Verizon employee conducting routine maintenance on a cell tower at 960 Holmdel Road. Police say someone entered locked gate which was surrounding the cell tower, cut numerous wires, and removed the six copper grounding plates which were owned separately by Verizon, T-Mobil, Sprint, and AT&T. The cost to repair and replace each item is estimated at $1,000. Grounding plates are used to safeguard against lightning strikes and power surges, say police. Any one with information is asked to call Holmdel Police Det. Eric Hernando at 732-946-4400.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Township Committee votes to approve contract at Thursday meeting.
Verizon has been awarded a contract to operate a proposed cell phone tower in a wooded area next to the township's unspoiled Bayonet Farm, pending Planning Board site plan approval. The Township Committee approved the Verizon contract at its meeting July 21. Deputy Mayor Serena DiMaso said that "There was a legal ramification" that prompted the Committee to award the contract Thursday "so we can move forward with it," she said. "But as with any application, it will have to go to the Planning Board...and people will have an opportunity to comment on the cell tower at that point in time." The award of contract had not been included in the public agenda distributed prior to the meeting, and no members of the public spoke on the issue when…
Friday, May 27, 2011
Resident voices concerns about process, timing, of proposed Bayonet Farm cell tower at May 19 Township Committee meeting.
Bids are being solicited for a proposed cell tower to be located 41 Middletown Road in Holmdel, publicly listed as Bayonet Farm, Block 11, Lot 76. At the May 19 Township Committee meeting, Holmdel resident Sam Shramko expressed concern about siting a cell tower on the bucolic acres of Bayonet Farm, and also about the apparent lack of public input. "My concern is, what is the process of approval for this kind of thing?" said Shramko, a former member of the Bayonet & Cross Farm Advisory Committee. “I would think that people would be aware of this.” Deputy Mayor Serena DiMaso said that the Committee agreed by consensus to solicit bids in October of 2010. Deliberations occurred in closed executive session. No formal approval has been …
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Mayor says tree-like tower could bring in up to $100,000 in revenue. The project was approved by the Township Committee last year.
A township-owned cell phone tower to be installed among a wooded section of Bayonet Farm could bring in between $50,000 and $100,000 a year, said Mayor Patrick Impreveduto. A call for bids was published in the Asbury Park Press yesterday, nearly a year after it was approved by the Township Committee in spring, 2010. Each telecommunications carrier that buys into the tower could pay the township $40,000 to $50,000 each, he said. The 130-foot tower will be located far from the barns and trails, over near American Way, said the mayor. "We went to look at it last year, and we all agreed it’s a good spot for it," he said. It would be designed to look like a tree, and would blend in with the vista, he said. "Its way in the back end, mixed into…