Hingham: Cell tower proposal heard

Thursday night, the Town of Hingham began a series of public hearings on a request from AT&T to construct a cell tower behind a small shopping center off Route 3A between downtown and the former shipyard.

AT&T proposes a 120-foot monopole, 85 feet from the nearest neighbor. The corporation needs a variance from the zoning board because the proposed tower exceeds the 100 feet allowed in the town bylaw.

AT&T claims it has a gap in coverage in that area. Federal regulations say if a cellular carrier demonstrates a gap in service, local authorities cannot control how the corporation conducts its business. But, Hingham hired consultant Ronald Graiff who testified AT&T had not yet demonstrated a gap in service. The public hearing continues January 21st.

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About Charles Mathewson

Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor, and has won several regional and national awards. He resides in Plymouth where he writes fiction and paints, when not producing award-winning news as a reporter for WATD.