Radio tower for police and fire communications planned in Charlestown

Radio tower for police and fire communications planned in Charlestown

The Westerly Sun

CHARLESTOWN — An application to build a 178-foot police and fire communications tower on state land off 4782 Post Road will come before the Charlestown Town Council at its Monday night meeting.

The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency said the antenna tower, in the planning stages since late 2016, would augment an existing radio tower at the town’s police station. In a memo to the council, Anita Flax, EMA deputy chief of legal services, said the new tower would provide 800 MHz radio reception to areas of Charlestown that the existing tower does not cover.

The tower would be located off Route 1 northbound, about 182 feet from the state Department of Transportation’s salt storage garage on Cross Mills Road. Plans also call for construction of an equipment shelter and a diesel generator atop a concrete pad. The area would be fenced in and accessible by a gate. 

Construction can’t begin until the state receives a letter from the council indicating it is aware of the project, Flax said. The application was filed with the FCC in September. On Feb. 27, the FCC also opened a 30-day public comment period on any potential effects the project might have on nearby historic properties.

The project is managed by Pyramid Network Services of East Syracuse, N.Y., and Motorola. 

The council meeting will be at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.

rblessing@thewesterlysun.com


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