Town officials consider equipment contracts for space atop water tank

Photo by Garrett Brown
The town of Shelburne is looking to negotiate contracts for equipment to be installed on the south water tank at the end of Cynosure Drive.

The Shelburne Selectboard and Water Commission entered into executive session Tuesday night to discuss contracts for placing cellular antennas on the south water tank in Shelburne.

For decades, the town has contracted with cellular service providers to use the top of the tank to install antennas. The proposal officials are now considering is whether to allow a third party to own and manage the contracts with both the town and the commercial service providers.

With a 4-0 vote, the Selectboard decided “to pursue discussion with third-party vendors for possible assignment of cell tower contracts,” according Town Manager Joe Colangelo after the meeting. Board member Dr. Colleen Parker attended the discussion but needed to leave before the vote was taken, Colangelo said.

Several companies have approached the town to buy for a lump sum the contracts that govern the space on the water tank. Colangelo said executive session was necessary for Tuesday’s meeting because it focused on contract negotiations.

The tank in question is located on Cynosure Drive in Shelburne.

Since 2002, providers signed several-year contracts for use of the tank. Currently, the annual revenue is about $100,000 that is split between the general fund and water department. The funds pay for maintenance to the tank. By 2020, Colangelo said the goal is for all of the revenue from the contracts to go to the water department.

Passing 4-0 the Selectboard made the following motion according to Colangelo, “To pursue discussion with third party vendors for possible assignment of cell tower contracts.” Over the next two months, the Selectboard and Water Commission will meet to further discuss this issue.

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