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Antenna OK'd for hall's exterior.

Byline: Lynne Klaft

LUNENBURG - Selectmen have approved the installation of a global positioning system antenna on the outside of Town Hall.

Amy White of Omni Point/T-Mobile, lease holders of the wireless communication facility inside the Town Hall tower, described the antenna as a 4-inch mushroom-shaped unit that would be painted to match the tower's exterior.

"It will be non-intrusive. The antenna needs to be on the exterior of the building because it needs to have a southern exposure and a direct line of sight," Ms. White told selectmen at their meeting Tuesday night.

The antenna will enhance the 911 emergency call system for cell phone users.

Selectman Robert H. Bowen asked if the rent charged to Omni Point would increase with the installation of the antenna. The town has received $24,000 annually since 2000.

"I have checked with other communities and have yet to come across any that have received an increased rent," said Chief Administrative Officer Kerry A. Speidel.

Selectmen voted 4-1, with Mr. Bowen dissenting, to approve the installation of the antenna.

In other business, selectmen voted approval of the grant agreement and loan resolution documents for the installation of water lines to Meadow Woods Mobile Home Park.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Agency granted $525,000 and approved a $1,153,000 loan to the town for water line installation.

Construction of the water and sewer lines for the park will take 270 calendar days, Ms. Speidel said.

"The bulk of the work will be completed in the first 120 days of the project. The reason that the construction time has been drawn out is to give contractors time to do the final paving, which is weather-permitting," said Ms. Speidel.

The town will borrow the funds for the project on a short-term basis, with the interest on the short-term loan to be reimbursed by the grant.

"We were assured that there would be a very short turnaround time on the loan and reimbursement," said Ms. Speidel.

Selectman Paula J. Bertram asked Ms. Speidel to check with Earth Tech, project engineers, to make sure that sewer connection fees were built into the cost of the entire project.

"The Sewer Commission will be dependent on those fees for budget and revenue purposes," said Ms. Bertram.

Ms. Speidel informed the board that the town had received "a couple of bids" for solid waste removal.

Waste Management of West Boylston holds the contract with the town that will expire June 30.

"We are analyzing the bids now. We are paying $86 per ton for tipping fees, and the bids are quoting us $76 to $80 a ton now. That's encouraging," said Ms. Speidel.

The board will probably vote on the bids at next week's meeting. Voters at the annual town meeting May 3 would have to approve any license beyond three years and the raising of bag fees.

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Date:Apr 3, 2008
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