In January, when I heard about the proposed cell tower at Exit 59, I began an investigation of the process through which the state approved the lease of the highway property. My review of relevant documents showed that there had never been any direct notice to abutters. Both the Arlington and the Belmont Boards of Selectmen expressed their view that the cell tower site was inappropriate. Working with Senators Tolman and Donnelly and Rep. Garballey, I drafted a letter to the relevant authorities asking that the lease be terminated. Upon review of that letter, Governor Patrick’s administration did terminate the lease. All of the staff involved from the Department of Transportation and the Division of Capital Asset Management handled this matter expeditiously, candidly and professionally.
It seems unlikely that this site will be used for a cell tower in the near future and if there is any move to do so, we will all certainly be better informed in advance.
For the record, there are nine cell towers in Belmont carrying private signal. Click here for a list.