St. John's Mayor Dennis O'Keefe speaks with reporters Friday on tbe release of the St. John's Amalagamation Report 2011. — Photo by Gary Hebbard/The Telegram
The City of St. John’s said today it has serious concerns with the approach taken by Bell Mobility with respect to its proposed cellphone tower near McLoughlan Street.
“Bell Mobility is aware that the city is in the process of developing a cellphone tower siting protocol,” said Mayor Dennis O’Keefe in a news release.
“We provided our comments in a letter to them dated July 21, 2013. I feel that Bell Mobility should defer any further action pending finalization of the city’s protocol.”
Residents of the area have been protesting the proposed construction of the cellphone tower which would also be near St. Mary's Elementary School on Waterford Bridge Road.
The mayor said that while cellphone towers are technically within federal jurisdiction, the city’s authority should also be respected by service providers. Bell Mobility should work with the city and respect the feelings and concerns of residents.
“Given that Bell Mobility will eventually have to work with the city for a permit to erect a tower, we would recommend that any further action be deferred until the city’s protocol is finalized, and a meaningful consultation takes place,” O’Keefe said.