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Council Awards Contract For Sea Bright Cell Tower

SEA BRIGHT: The borough has awarded a contract for the cell tower that will be constructed behind the municipal building.

"The cell tower was advertised, there was one successful bidder, that is Verizon," Mayor Dina Long said at the Oct. 21 Sea Bright Council meeting.

Verizon was awarded a $34,012 contract to to construct a a 105-foot and ancillary wireless telephone support equipment and structures. The tower will be a "flagless flag pole" design that the council felt would be more aesthetically pleasing than a traditional cell tower.

Long said that Verizon is the only carrier that will locate its equipment on the tower, but that others could join them in the future and that a second pole would need to be constructed to accommodate more carriers.

"So far, it's one pole," Long said. "The terms of the lease are to be negotiated, but we're looking at an approximate annual revenue of about $30,000 for that carrier on the tower, and we hope other carriers will co-locate to increase the borough's revenue."

Councilman Marc Leckstein said Verizon will likely not begin construction until sometime next year because of the permitting process.

"That's got a long way to go because the cell tower first has to go through CAFRA permitting, which could take a while," Leckstein said. "That's on them, not on us."

Verizon needs a CAFRA permit because the tower will be located close to the coast.

Long said it could take 6-9 months for Verizon to receive its CAFRA permit.

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