Discussions continue over Bell tower


By Barb McKay


A meeting to discuss the proposed Bell tower is expected to be held this week.


Kincardine Legion secretary Bob Gray said representatives from Heritage Kincardine and municipal staff members have been photographing locations in Kincardine to see how a 25-metre telecommunications tower would appear.


Last month, Legion board members and a Bell Mobility representative came to Kincardine council to unveil plans to install a wireless telecommunications tower on Legion property to improve wireless service in the downtown core and in the beach area. The tower is something that is needed, as the municipality plans to offer free Wifi service in those areas. Bell will lease the land for the tower from the Kincardine Legion.


The proposal drew concerns from Heritage Kincardine, which argued that the tower would impact heritage properties on Lambton Street, including the Legion, which was formerly Ardloch Lodge. Legion members dispute that the building carries historical significance since the new hall was added several years ago.


Gray said when the foliage is out on the trees on the Legion property the tower will be masked. The location of the tower is important, he said, because its signal must be able to reach the other two Bell towers located in the south end of the municipality.


A report will be brought back to council following the meeting between the Legion, Heritage Kincardine, Bell Mobility and Kincardine staff.