By Barb McKay
Kincardine council is not supporting the construction of a new
Representatives from the Legion and Bell Mobility came to last Wednesday’s council meeting looking for concurrence for the installation of a wireless telecommunications tower on the
Council learned that approval from the project comes from Industry
The tower, expected to be erected behind the Legion building, will be 25 metres high. The antennas will be shrouded by a vertical Legion sign featuring a poppy.
Patti Richards and Sylvia Leigh, of Heritage Kincardine, also attended last week’s meeting and raised concerns about the project. Richards said the heritage committee only learned of the project after reading about it in The Independent the week prior. Given that the Legion carries a heritage designation, Heritage Kincardine should have been notified, she said.
“It isn’t just the Legion, within a one block radius you have about a dozen heritage properties.”
Richards said the streetscape and views also need to be considered.
“When people walk down to watch the sunset the first thing they will see is this tower and a big sign.”
Joel Swagerman, of Bell Mobility, said the tower was originally proposed to be 30 metres in height, but was downsized. The sign will also help to mask the tower, he said.
“We’ve tried to respect the integrity of the heritage designation and the surrounding homes with the sign,” he said.
Swagerman said a tower in Kincardine’s core is sorely needed to serve cellular customers downtown and in the area of
“We see volumes rise in the summer and we find it a real challenge to adequately serve the needs of our customers,” Swagerman said, adding that the Legion site would meet the service needs.
With no financial support from upper levels of government, money from the lease would help to keep the Legion viable, he added, and allow the organization to continue to support veterans and community organizations.
Councillor Jacqueline Faubert said she is protesting the site location because she believes there are other options that
Swagerman said that
Councillor Ken Craig inquired if the Davidson Centre property would be in the wireless range that
Faubert asked if there will be lease potential on the tower for other service providers. Swagerman said there would.
Council voted on the request to concur with the project and defeated it in a tied vote, but agreed to allow the sign. Councillor Maureen Couture abstained from voting as she is the current Kincardine Legion president.