BROOKFIELD - Residents
expressed concern about a proposed 130-foot monopole during Monday
night’s Plan Commission meeting, while Verizon Wireless
representatives maintained that the equipment is needed for better
The commission did not take any action, but tabled
the item. It will likely be on the commission's June 10 agenda.
is requesting approval of a conditional use for the purpose of
permitting a two-carrier, 130-foot monopole (expandable to 150 feet)
for four wireless telecommunication providers and an equipment
19295 W. North Ave. According to city documents, in the
beginning there would be a small accessory building located on the
south side of the site, which is the area with the greatest
separation from existing homes when considering underground
utilities and other factors. The building would have a field stone
exterior. The base of the monopole may be screened with an 8-foot
tall wood fence, according to the documents.
Development Director Dan Ertl said a lengthy public hearing was held
Monday. He said Verizon made its case that the North Avenue site is
the only site that will meet their needs. Per city policy, cell
towers are supposed to be on city-owned sites, not private sites,
Ertl said Verizon
argued that the North Avenue site “closes a significant gap in
coverage.” Company representatives also used maps to show what their
cell phone signal coverage is like today and how it would be
improved with the proposed monopole.
also spoke for about 45 minutes, Ertl said, with some expressing
concern about public safety and that the city is not forcing Verizon
to consider other options, such as the Department of Public Works’
property on Brookfield and River roads. Safety concerns included
lightning strikes, ice falling off the equipment, the pole falling
down and the general proximity of the pole and the equipment
buildings to the residents’ backyards.
approved dividing land at Sendik’s Towne Centre for apartment
buildings, which may be built by the Mandel Group, Ertl said.
and Company, which owns the property, sought approval of an
amendment to the development agreement for the Towne Centre and
approval of a certified survey map to create lot two at the
northeast corner of Thomson Drive and Richland Parkway.