It's taken over a year but the Oradell Mayor and Council introduced the first draft of a cell tower ordinance to establish guidelines on where any future towers could be located in the borough.
According to the ordinance, a new cell tower could be constructed at Shirra Park off of Kinderkamack Road and Oradell Avenue and measure up to 100 feet high for a single user, up to 120 feet for two users and 150 feet for three or more users.
The current cell tower in town is approximately 100 feet high, hosts four carriers and is located at the on Marginal Road. But for the past few years, representatives from Verizon have argued that the current tower is not tall enough for their need to fill a gap in coverage from the to .
The communication company had suggested locating a tower at the , , Memorial Field and lastly . The first three were eliminated as options due to proximity issues with protected wetlands, while Borough Hall was not considered due to the potential of not completly eliminating a coverage gap.
- Documentary evidence regarding the need for the antenna and/or tower must be submitted and identify the existing wireless network layout and existing coverage areas to demonstrate the need for the facility at a particular location within the Borough.
- An inventory of all existing towers and antennas, or sites approved for towers or antennas, including the applicant’s antennas or towers, that are within the jurisdiction of the Borough of Oradell and within two (2) miles of the proposed antenna.
- Towers shall either maintain a galvanized steel finish or be painted a neutral color.
- Photographic or topographic plans depicting where, within a one -mile radius, any portion of the proposed antenna and/or tower could be seen. Applicants may be required to conduct a balloon test, crane test or similar test at the applicant's expense.
- Towers shall be enclosed by security fencing not less than eight feet (8’) in height and the towers shall be equipped with appropriate anticlimbing measures.
- Tower facilities are to be landscaped with a minimum 10-foot buffer of plant materials to screen the view of the tower and equipment.
- Existing mature tree groth and natural land forms are to be preserved to the maximum extent possible.
- All towers must meet or exceed the current standards and regulations of the FAA, FCC and any other agency of the state or federal government.
Residents who have questions about the ordinance should contact Council President Joseph Murray by email. Murray is the Chair of the Ordinance Committee.