Verizon has submitted an application to the Town of Scarborough to install a cell tower at the edge of Scarborough Marsh on the municipal treatment plant parcel off Black Point Road. The Friends of Scarborough Marsh want to inform you of a balloon test that will be conducted there this weekend to allow residents to assess the visual impact of the proposed tower on the Marsh and nearby coastal viewsheds.
Verizon’s application to the Planning Board specifies a cell tower comprised of a 100' monopole with an antennae array located near the top. The array measures approximately 7' tall x 11' wide. There will be room for equipment from three other carriers below Verizon's, increasing the size of the industrial mass. Area White Pines average 50-80' tall, so this equipment will be visible above the trees.
At the request of the Planning Board there will be a balloon test this weekend. The test is scheduled for early morning Saturday, March 31, with a rain date of Sunday, April 1. The balloon will be raised to the height of the tower, allowing people to view how it might impact the sight lines in the marsh and surrounding areas. The balloon will be visible between 8-9 AMand Noon.
The Friends suggest that you view the balloon from your favorite part of the marsh. You may register your impressions, whether for or against the proposal, by contacting Jay Chace, Town Planner at (207) 730-4042 or firstname.lastname@example.org.