October 31, 2012BERLIN — Cell service in the downtown area has been improved.
A new 180-foot-tall U.S. Cellular lattice tower, designed to increase capacity to the downtown area, was erected last week on Enman Hill on the East Side of the Androscoggin River
"The new site was due to come on Tuesday, Oct. 30, pending any delays due to Hurricane Sandy," Doug Wilk, the company's senior project manager, e-mailed on Monday morning.
The ZBA granted a special exception for the project in June so that an eight-foot-tall fence with two feet of barbed wire could be installed around the tower's base.
The ZBA also granted a variance to allow the tower to be within 1,500 feet of an existing tower, according to the July 11 minutes of the Planning Board.
The Planning Board granted a special use permit to allow a new tower to go up rather than using an existing tower, since none met the company's engineering requirements.
The new tower has space for additional antennas to be co-located in the future.
The construction crew used an existing gated 2,000-foot-long access road to which guardrails were added and drainage improvements made.
The Federal Aviation Administration regulations do not require the tower to be lighted.