Cell tower a possibility for Birch Bay

Published on Wed, May 7, 2014
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Birch Bay residents are being encouraged to voice their opinions on a proposed cell phone tower in their community. 

The engineering consulting firm Terracon is seeking public comments by Saturday, May 31 regarding the proposed Verizon Wireless cell tower in Birch Bay. The 150-foot tower will be set up near the intersection on Kickerville Road and Bay Road, on land that is owned by the Birch Bay Water and Sewer District (BBWSD). 

The BBWSD is currently in negotiations with the cellular giant to rent out the space. The proposed rate is $1,250 a month, a number Dan Eisses, assistant general manager of the BBWSD, feels is reasonable. 

“We’re happy with it,” Eisses said. “The cell phone company is really handling all of the permitting. We’re just waiting to see how it goes.”

The land currently houses a 2.5 million-gallon storage tank owned by the BBWSD, but Eisses said the tower would be installed behind the tank and would not require any kind of relocation.The tower would provide cell service to Verizon customers in the area, with the potential of improving cell phone service for two other cell providers if they pay Verizon for the facility. 

Comments and questions regarding the tower can be mailed to Travis Hauk of Terracon at 21905 64th Ave. W, Suite 100, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98048. Hauk can also receive comments by email at tahauk@terracon.com, or by phone at 425/771-3304.