A proposed telecommunications tower could benefit cell phone users in Dale City and Woodbridge.
If approved by county officials, a 120-foot monopole could be constructed at Gar-Field High School.
Supervisor John Jenkins hosted a meeting about the proposed tower on Monday.
“Tonight, we are gathered at Gar-Field High School for a community meeting to assess the impact of installing a new telecommunications tower adjacent to the high school playing fields on the backside of the Gar-Field campus,” Jenkins said.
Representatives of T-Mobile and Milestone Communication spoke about the project.
The monopole, if approved, would address “dead spots.”
“It will help in areas that don’t have coverage near the school,” Matt Butcher from Sublight Engineering said. “But, most importantly, what this is to do is to support multiple users, because there’s a large concentration of users in this area. It’ll support more of those users, because right now the network, as it’s built, is at capacity.”
Milestone Communication has a revenue-sharing agreement with Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS), according to Project Manager Matt Penning.
“As part of that, we share 40 percent of the tower revenue. So all rent, all fees collected — we share 40 percent with the schools,” Penning said. “In addition, we also pay a one-time site fee of $25,000 to the schools. And then for each additional carrier that comes on the tower, we pay an additional $5,000.”
The towers generate $400,000 over the course of 10 years.
The Prince William County Planning Commission has scheduled a hearing on the monopole for June 20.
On July 17, the Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) is hosting a hearing.
If the proposal is approved, officials may begin building the tower later this year.
“Right now, we are on schedule and, barring no setbacks, we’re looking at construction at the end of the fourth quarter this year,” Penning said. “So, it could be early November or early December, depending on how quickly site plan and building permit review go.”
To learn more information about the project, visit http://garfieldhswireless.com/.
Community members who have concerns about the proposed tower can call Jenkins’ office at 703-792-4667.
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