By Barb McKay
The municipality may have more say in where a new Bell Mobility tower will be located than was first realized.
According to representatives from Heritage Kincardine, Industry
“They said that it is supposed to be a negotiated decision between the service provider and the municipality,” she said.
Bell Mobility is proposing to construct a 25-metre tower on the Kincardine Legion property after inking a lease agreement with the Legion, in order to provide better wireless service in the downtown core and in the beach area.
During the meeting members of Heritage Kincardine expressed concern that they hadn’t been consulted about the tower, given that the Legion property has a heritage designation, as do many other neighbouring properties. Legion secretary Bob Gray said the original Legion building, formerly the Ardloch Lodge, had historical significance but that was destroyed in the 1970s when the new hall was added to the building and out buildings were torn down. With no government funding, he noted, income from the lease would help to keep the Legion viable.
Council left the meeting with the understanding that they had no say where the tower is erected.
Leigh said Heritage Kincardine would like
“I would like to see this be a win/win,” she said. “You can’t have free Wifi and not have a way to get it to customers.”
Kincardine’s clerks department confirmed last week that staff has since begun to look into the issue as well and a meeting will be held this week with representatives from Bell Mobility, the Kincardine Legion and Heritage Kincardine to discuss it further.