Groveton Cell Tower Could Operational by December

August 22, 2012

By Edith Tucker
Coos County Democrat

NORTHUMBERLAND — The board of selectmen voted unanimously, 3 to 0, on Monday evening, Aug. 13, to issue a building permit to allow a 195-foot-tall cell tower to be constructed on a 100- by 100-foot plot on Morse Mountain owned by the Red Dam Conservancy LLC (the Wemyss family of Groveton) on which there is a 20-year lease. The summit of Morse Mountain is located 1.7 miles northeast of the iconic covered bridge over the Upper Ammonoosuc River.

When Northern Community Investment Corporation (NCIC) spokesman Scott Tranchemontagne of Montagne Communications of Manchester was asked about the project’s timetable, he replied in an e-mail exchange, “We’d want to get work started on the road improvements (to the existing logging road from Route 3) as soon as possible after obtaining necessary state permits, which we hope would come in early September. Our goal is to have the tower up shortly after the road is complete – and certainly before the end of the year.”

No decision has yet been made by the four governors of the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) as to whether or not New Hampshire’s request for $200,000 in federal dollars to support the cell tower project has been granted. “We are hopeful that the NBRC funds will be granted, based on the strong recommendation from Governor John Lynch that our project is the highest priority project of those seeking NBRC funds,” Tranchmontagne said.

The board of selectmen once again asked that area residents be in touch with carriers, such as Verizon and US Cellular, to ask that they rent space for their equipment on the now-approved cell tower, designed to increase both cell and broadband service.

A&TT has committed itself to placing its equipment on the tower, but there is sufficient space for three vendors.

Editors Note: Morse Mountain is located about 2 miles due north of Groveton center.

 

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