Derry councilors reject proposed AT&T cell tower
A motion to approve the lease agreement failed when the council reached a 3-3 tie, said Council Chairman Michael Fairbanks.
Also voting in opposition were Councilors Mark Osborne and Brad Benson.
Under the proposal, the town would have leased out a small section of land at 36 Tsienneto Road to AT&T. The company planned to build an approximately 150-foot cell tower on a 50-by-50-foot area of the property, said Thomas Carrier, deputy director of public works.
AT&T officials said the company could set up a fund to pay for dismantling the cell tower if the contract was canceled, and that a monitoring program could be established to check for possible health effects.
Because the area is zoned medium residential and telecommunications facilities are not permitted there, AT&T also would have needed to go before the ZBA for a variance and obtain site plan approval from the Planning Board.