Lavallette, Verizon iron out 5G agreement

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Lavallette has updated the terms of a Verizon Wireless application to install 5G nodes in the borough, which was conditionally approved in January. PHOTO BY MARK R. SULLIVAN

LAVALLETTE — The borough council updated its conditional approval of Verizon Wireless’s application to install five 5G facilities on existing utility poles Tuesday night, months after the council approved the contentious application in mid-January.

The alterations stemmed from objections made by Verizon representatives at the Jan. 19 council meeting, during which the council imposed a slew of conditions prior to granting its approval. Attorney Gregory Meece objected to three of the conditions at the time, deeming them “not acceptable” to Verizon.

Lavallette then entered into a “tolling agreement” with the telecommunications giant, in order to forestall litigation.

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“We suspended the time in which Verizon could file a lawsuit in federal court, to overturn all of our conditions and our planning board recommendations, and go ahead and start installing 5G nodes throughout the town,” borough attorney Philip George said on Tuesday. “We [then] went back and forth with some negotiations on those three points.”

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