Public must sign up for HE tower meeting

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The Township of Highlands East says Rogers Communications Inc. is proposing a 90-metre cell tower on a property at 1005 Glamour Lake Rd. in Gooderham.

It’s part of the Eastern Ontario Regional Network cell gap project.

As part of the public consultation process, the township said the public can write to Rogers before 5 p.m. Aug. 29

“The municipality has its own protocol relevant to wireless communications site placement and Rogers is following it,” the township said. The protocol requires that all registered property owners within 540 metres of the guy anchors of the proposed tower be sent a notification package.

In addition, Rogers’ representatives will host an online public information and comment session via Zoom on Aug. 15, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. People wishing to attend have to contact the Rogers representative to register for the meeting by 3 p.m., Aug. 14.

Rogers has filed an application with Transport Canada and expects the tower to require lighting. It says a large shield will be placed under the light to protect the surrounding ground area from light scatter. Rogers will notify the municipality of the decision by Transport Canada once it is received.

The township added that, “Rogers attests that the installation will respect good engineering practices, including structural adequacy, and attests that the general public will be protected in compliance with Health Canada’s Safety Code 6.”

Innovation, Science & Economic Development Canada (ISED) is the sole approving authority for the siting of telecommunications facilities. The municipality only provides a statement of siting concurrence or non-concurrence at the request of the proponent.

The Rogers contact is Eric Belchamber at 337 Autumnfield St. Kanata, ON, K2M 0J6, 613-220-5970, or eric.belchamber@rogers. com.