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Cell Tower Approved by Clark Zoning Board

A 130-foot monopole will be built on the Access Self Storage property on Central Avenue.

The Clark Zoning Board approved an application for a 130-foot monopole cell phone tower on the Access Self Storage property on Central Avenue at their Monday night meeting. 

The board previously heard the testimony on the joint application from AT&T and a company that builds the poles, Wireless Edge, in December, but held off on voting. Read that story here. The tower was approved with just one no vote from member Thomas Meade on Monday.

The pole could be built by the spring, John Arthur, president and CEO of Wireless Edge, told Patch at the December meeting. 

The pole will fill a gap in providing consistent AT&T coverage, according to the applicant. It is a permitted use in the space (meaning Clark's zoning already allows it here), though the application had two variances, including one to allow an exception to the 15-foot setback (they would require an 8-foot setback). In addition to the pole, a generator to power it and small shelter to house equipment would also be located on the property. 

Photos presented by the experts for the applicant show what the proposed tower would look like, superimposed on images of the surrounding area. (See them in our gallery.)

The pole would also allow for "co-locators" – other mobile companies – to perhaps use the pole for their antennae, according to experts for the applicant.
bob barrett January 29, 2014 at 08:54 AM
Does Town of Clark get any revenue from the installation of the cell tower?
Clark Guy 1 January 29, 2014 at 06:46 PM
Such a nice addition to the Clark beautification project. I am sure the reflection of the cell tower in the fountain in the center of the Clark Commons will be priceless.
Clark Guy 2 January 30, 2014 at 11:44 AM
Now all we need is a strip club to complete the beautification project.
Clark Guy 2 January 30, 2014 at 11:44 AM
Wait to go Sal!!! Keep up the good work!
LORI January 30, 2014 at 11:55 AM
Of ,course, the town must be getting some sort of kick back. What other reason would they do this for? Why don't they pick another site? This is going to just add to the other wonderful stuff already going on at the particular part of town. Train tracks,golf course with the massive lights, the new town shopping center, traffic i could go on and on.. Why don't they put it on the other side of town? Why don't they put up one that at least looks like a tree. and really a place to store a generator etc. this is really going to make the area look awful
WILLIAN CARUSO January 30, 2014 at 01:14 PM
YOU ALL SHOULD BE ASKING IS YOUR TAXES GOING TO PAY THE LAWYERS WHO DEFEND THE TOWN AND PLANNING BOARD IN THE NEW SHOPPING CENTER LAWSUIT BY SHOPRITE???????????????
bob barrett January 30, 2014 at 01:24 PM
Right Bill: if the Shop Rite is costing Clark residents to pay lawyers all customers should complain to the manager.We still have A&P and Target for shopping.
John January 30, 2014 at 02:16 PM
Bob: Typically, from my understanding, the property owner collects a long term lease fee from the cell company for leasing the square footage occupied by the footprint of the tower, support building(s), and fencing surrounding the structures. In this case, this is Access Storage or a 3rd party property owner if the property is leased by Access. The only involvement the governing municipality has is for zoning compliance and construction permitting/inspections. However I am not, nor have never been involved with this type of process, so don't quote me on this. Also, Mr Caruso: You are correct! If Clark is forced to incur ANY expense to defend itself against this frivolous lawsuit by Shoprite, ALL Clark residents should boycott Shoprite completely!
John January 30, 2014 at 02:24 PM
Lori: "Why not put it on the other side of town?" I am not even going to dignify your elitist question with a response! Contrary to what you may feel,....those residents (especially you) that live on the west side of Clark, are no more important than those residents that live on the east side of Clark! We are not a town divided by the value of our homes nor the other towns we border. We are Clark Twp., divided only by a major highway.
LORI January 30, 2014 at 02:49 PM
john!!!! where do you live.. not in clark open your eyes

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