Lynnfield Selectmen got a briefing at this week's meeting from Town Counsel Tom Mullen about possible options now that several cell phone companies are apparently interested in setting up a tower in the area.
Mullen reported that there has been interest in placing a cell tower in the area behind the South Lynnfield Fire Station as well as land at 600 Salem Street and a parcel near Pillings Pond.
The lease and easements for such a deal would have to be approved at town meeting, and co-location with various cell phone carriers on one carrier would be encouraged. A tower on town land would likely come with a five year lease that could be renewed up to four times, reported Mullen, also noting that the least intrusive alternatives for town residents would be sought.
Later, it was noted that a cell tower could produce revenues from $1,600 to $4,000 per month, per carrier, depending on how badly the coverage happens to be needed.
Of particular concern to the town is the possibility that if it declines on the deal, cell phone carriers would simply be able to set up a tower anyhow on a private parcel of land.
The matter was tabled by selectmen with an eye on having cell phone company representatives attend the early October meeting to discuss possible tower locations and coverage needs.