Homeowners oppose plan for 90-foot cell tower

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The Pioneer Hose Fire Company building on Route 35 North in Brick Township. PHOTO BY MARK R. SULLIVAN (MARK R. SULLIVAN/THE OCEAN STAR)

BRICK TOWNSHIP — Two homeowners associations are opposing the proposed installation of a 96-foot-high cellular facility on the barrier island portion of Brick Township.

Cellco Partnership, Inc., a division of Verizon Wireless, is behind the project at the Pioneer Hose Fire Company building on Route 35 North, near Used To Be’s Island Eatery. The proposed wireless communications facility – a permanent 90-foot monopole topped with a 6-foot lighting rod – would replace an existing, temporary pole 18 feet shorter than its presented replacement.

The new facility would also include a diesel generator and various controls, all of which would be contained within an eight-foot composite fence.

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The new, taller pole is intended to remedy Verizon’s coverage deficiencies within the area, according to reports filed with the Brick Township Board of Adjustment. Like the current facility, the new pole would also host various municipal utilities rent-free, including equipment belonging to the police, EMS, fire and recreation departments.

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