Balloon Test to be Conducted at Library

T-Mobile is looking at an alternate site for its cell tower.

With a settlement possible, T-Mobile will be conducting a balloon test to determine if there is a possibility for constructing a cell tower in a location other than the Green Knoll Fire House.

The zoning board, in May 2012, denied an application from T-Mobile to build a cell tower at the fire house. T-Mobile subsequently filed suit against the township.

According to a letter filed April 5 with the United States District Court in Trenton, the township and T-Mobile are in the midst of discussing a possible settlement, which would identify municipal-owned property as a possible location for the monopole facility that was denied by the zoning board.

But before the township will consent to the settlement, the letter said, it has requested that a balloon test be conducted on the property.

That test will be held at the Bridgewater Township Library Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

According to a post on the township website, the reason for the test is to “determine the visual impact of a cellular tower at the library site should an alternate site be chosen.”

“This is the first step in the lengthy process of seeing if an alternate solution can be offered,” the website says.

The test is necessary to determine if a settlement is viable given the parameters of what is needed by T-Mobile to provide coverage in the area.

“T-Mobile is conducting the test to gather information to see if an alternate location is even possible,” the website says.

A settlement conference on the litigation has now been adjourned until June 19.

What do you think of the test, and the location that has been chosen? Do you think the library is a good site for the tower?

DL May 03, 2013 at 05:48 PM
So if it is put on township property will our taxes be lowered?
Concerned Citizen May 04, 2013 at 03:01 PM
The balloon test by T-Mobile was canceled last night around 5pm due to T-Mobile’s concerns about wind predictions this morning. At the library this morning were small white 8.5x11 signs tapped to the door and other locations at the library. Where was the notification if this decision was made at 5pm last night? This is a failure of Bridgewater Township in ability to communicate with its citizens.
Concerned Citizen May 04, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Robert Bogart, Director of Township Service / Township Engineer, was at the library to inform those who showed up to witness the balloon test that it had been rescheduled. When Mr. Bogart was asked details about the proposed tower for the library site he said that it was going to be 150 tall and that the township could do what they want to do on government property. He was then asked about the zoning and variances that would be required to build the tower he reiterated that town could do what they wanted to because that the tower was being proposed at the library location to settle the lawsuit with T-Mobile. Mr. Bogart has been working for the township of over 10 years in the engineering and zoning department. He should know the codes which are applicable seeing that he oversees the department and is responsible for its operation. Mr. Bogart makes $123,577 for his position. The Mr. Bogart has misrepresented himself on countless occasions to the citizens of Bridgewater Township. This employee of Bridgewater Township is a representation of the bureaucracy that exists in the operations of this town. It is time for accountability and change. Please start with Mr. Bogart.
BRIDGEWATER RESIDENT May 10, 2013 at 09:36 PM
At the end of Wren Way is vacant land - why must everything be done where there are homes and people and which, by the way, can lower the property values. there are no doubt plenty of dead end street with no in or out access that could apply for this test as well as the one I mentioned above.


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