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Township Takes Steps to Prevent Another Cell Tower Debacle

The Northampton Board of Supervisors have approved two ordinances they hope will avoid another cell tower fight.

The Northampton Township Board of Supervisors on Wednesday approved two ordinances that they hope will prevent a battle similar to the one fought with American Tower Corporation.

Last year, dozens of Northampton residents were outraged when the private company began installing new towers in their neighborhoods without notification.  A settlement was reached between the township and the company but now local officials are taking steps to ensure a similar situation does not reoccur.

The ordinances include a telecommunications facilities ordinance and a right-of-way management ordinance.

The right-of-way ordinance includes a strict permitting process for construction of facilities in the public right-of-way, according to the Courier Times. It also puts into place various insurance and bonding protections.

The telecommunications ordinance includes requirements for location and maintenance of cell towers within the township, the Courier Times reports.

Living the Bucks Life March 01, 2013 at 01:11 PM
not greedy - just life. When you are dead, look down upon your kids in 10/20 years and see what they have to live with as technology moves forward. A few poles aren't so bad. I would love one on my roof if I would be able to get reception inside my house. Why don't you bitch about the 100s of obsolete utility poles that stand crooked and cut in half when a new one was erected 2 feet away. Why aren't the old poles removed. Now there is something to bitch about. Just go down Holland Road. I bet there at least 10 obsolete poles.
Lou broder March 01, 2013 at 01:41 PM
Get over it, this is progress. Do you want to ban airplanes from flying over you house?
WhatHappenToNorthampton March 02, 2013 at 04:24 AM
Let us not forget the that our local government (supervisors) failed us in the first place. Still can't understand why they can't use existing poles for their equipment.

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