A new, more non-descript design for the
Representatives from the Legion, Bell Mobility, the
Laura Haight, who represented the Legion at the meeting, along with Bob Forrest, said Bell Mobility presented a new design that does more to camouflage the tower. The legs of the tower will be painted a dark grey, rather than white, and the Legion name of the tower will be replaced with poppies to make it appear less commercial.
“We all agreed that no matter what colour you paint it it will still be visible,” Haight said, “so why not use poppies.”
She said the bottom line is that better cellular reception is needed in the lakeshore area. An increasing number of people are using cell phones, not just for conversations, but also to share photos and videos, and there is a capacity issue. Haight said the Legion board agreed to approve the new tower design at its meeting last Wednesday.
Patti Richards, of Heritage Kincardine, said Friday that the board would meet Monday.
“Provided they approved what we agreed upon, Heritage Kincardine is going to be fine with it,” she said.
Personally, Richards said, she still believes the tower should be located elsewhere or that the towers in the south could be amped up. She said having a large cellular tower in a residential neighbourhood with heritage homes is not appropriate.
That being said, Richards said, Heritage Kincardine will continue to support the Legion.
“We are supporting the Legion in putting in a new patio and we will support any work that needs to be done to preserve the Legion,” she said. “The Legion is a part of our heritage. Those men and women created what we are living today.”