The Recorder – Balloon visibility test planned for proposed Conway cell tower

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Published: 4/24/2022 3:01:58 PM

Modified: 4/24/2022 3:00:33 PM

CONWAY — A balloon visibility test is scheduled for the end of the month as part of the special permit application process for a proposed cell tower on Route 116.

Proposed by Wrentham-based Vertex Tower Assets LLC, the 156-foot cell tower and its associated equipment needs special permit approval from the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals. It will also need a variance from the ZBA because Conway’s bylaws limit wireless towers to 120 feet.

The visibility test will be conducted on Friday, April 29, with a rain date of Monday, May 2, or the following Friday or Monday. Additionally, a weekend test will be conducted on Saturday, April 30, with rain dates of Sunday, May 1, or the following weekend. Both tests will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Photos of the balloon’s height and location will be posted on the town website and will be on hand at a public hearing on May 10.

If constructed, the Route 116 parcel will contain the 156-foot tower and its associated antennas, electronics, cables and fences around the base of the facility. Communications companies like AT&T and Verizon will place their antennas and equipment on the tower and will store other telecommunications tools in equipment shelters and cabinets around the base of the tower, according to the special permit’s project narrative.

The special permit states the tower, which was “designed to be at the minimum height necessary to provide adequate coverage,” would increase cell service in Conway and neighboring towns.

A copy of the special permit can be viewed at the Town Clerk’s Office or at

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