By Barb McKay
Kincardine council has given a proposed
Representatives from Bell Mobility brought a revised plan for the tower to last Wednesday’s meeting. Because the Legion has a heritage designation, under the Ontario Heritage Act Bell must obtain written consent from the municipality to install the telecommunications tower.
Prior to the June 11 council meeting,
Councillors had a few questions for
“These are the two issues we run into the most with towers,” Swaggerman said. “Regarding health, all towers have to comply with Safety Code 6, a Health Canada regulation that sets safety standards.”
Swaggerman said engineers have run emissions analysis for the tower and indicated that they would be well below the Health Canada limit. In terms of property values, he said, it’s hard to predict what will positively or negatively impact them, but the fact is more people are choosing wireless communication over landlines.
“You’re only going to see that grow and that is why this infrastructure is required,” he said.
Councillor Ken Craig asked who would be responsible for maintaining the structure.
“It’s one thing to have a tower downtown, it’s another thing to have a shabby tower downtown,” he said.
Faubert wanted to know if the wireless signal would be improved for carriers other than
Faubert also inquired if alternative sites, including the Kincardine hospital, had been considered for the tower. Swaggerman said
Last Wednesday, council agreed to approve the tower placement at the Legion.