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Cell Tower Almost Ready on Schooley's Mountain

Antennae workers say cell service could be available by year's end.

Can you hear me now?

For residents atop Schooley's Mountain, the answer they've been waiting for may come by year's end.

That’s what workers from N.M.C.I. said this week as they installed a cellular monopole behind the Washington Township Police Department.

The Verizon Communications tower, which was approved in 2011, stands 150 feet tall and includes antennae from Sprint-Nextel.

An equipment shelter was put in place earlier this fall that will hold radio equipment and back-up generators to power the tower during an outage.

But don’t expect those oft-dropped calls on top of Schooley’s Mountain to stay connected just yet.

“(They’re) hoping by the end of the year,” said N.M.C.I. foreman Tim Merz during the antenna installation Tuesday. “There’s still a lot of work before that though. The (equipment shelter) still needs radios and other equipment installed.”

The monopole will enable a 4G network, and will have 500 gallons of diesel fuel back-up in the event of a sustained power outage.

The equipment shelter is 18-feet by 13-feet and 6 inches and is 14-feet tall.

The new antenna is also not expected to interfere with the equipment of Verizon or any other mobile service carrier. Perhaps even more important to the residents of Washington Township, however, is the fact that the antenna should not interfere with municipal communications equipment.

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Mike Smith, a radiofrequency expert who worked on the project, said in May 2011 that while terrain features in the area will make any reliable mobile service difficult, he expects reliable coverage to expand to areas that currently do not have what Sprint-Nextel or Verizon considers to be “reliable.”

Do you think the new tower is needed? Are you ok with the spotty service on top of Schooley’s Mountain?

Linda December 13, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Finally!!! For those of us with no telephone service or cell phone service during Sandy, this is a welcome addition!
Meg Bracelin December 13, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Can't wait to be actually able use my cell in my own house!
Liberty December 13, 2012 at 03:09 PM
I usually have to stand in the middle of Naughright to use my cell, so this will be nice--and safer! The towers are so ugly, but if they have to be somewhere, behind a municipal complex is the lesser evil than next to someone's house.
Kris Antonucci December 13, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Thank God!!! I hate that currently I have to go outside, stand on the second step of our deck and face north holding the cell phone above my head to get reception!!! now maybe I will get my messages the same day instead of 2days later!!! YEA!!!
Bruce Apgar December 13, 2012 at 05:59 PM
It's about time!
Haig Pointer December 16, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Ugly. How much did the township get for this? If it's revenue, I am for it. Knowing how politicians usually negotiate, we probably are paying them.
Linda December 16, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Haig, yes, it may be ugly, but if you live in one of the current "dead zones" on the mountain, you know how frustrating the lack of service is. And truly, based on where it's located, is it really going to obstruct your view of our beautiful township?
LVRes December 16, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Why didn't they have it painted brown and had the faux pine branches put on it like the one off of Rte 10 near Randolph? Btw: where's the revenue going to on this?
Brian December 30, 2012 at 07:46 AM
Why not provide a service to the people that live in this township? Where do your 10k property taxes go? It's about time the town has spent a chip for the people. P.S. folks, you wonder how revenue is going to be generated by this. Simple. It won't. This town needs to become more business friendly and revaluate it's zoning for business/commercial use to bring in revenue to offset ever rising property taxes. You can only cut so much before people weigh the services against the taxes and feel that living here is a poor value.
David J Lazzara January 01, 2013 at 03:32 AM
4 g service will be great
HappyValley January 01, 2013 at 11:59 AM
Any word on when this will be finished?

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