OTISFIELD — Residents of Otisfield will be be able to comment and pose questions about Verizon Wireless’ plans to construct a communications tower on property located at 264 Bell Hill Road at a public hearing on Mar. 23. The planning board approved Verizon’s application at its Feb. 23 meeting.

The hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the Otisfield Community Hall and will be immediately followed by the planning board’s regularly scheduled meeting.

Only about 30% of Otisifield homes have reliable cell and internet service.

According to attorney Scott Anderson of Verrill Dana, the tower could be constructed within 12 months of project approval.

The Bell Hill Road location was selected over other proposed locations in part because the tower would only need to be 110 feet tall; the standard height for most cell towers is about 190 feet. Verizon conducted its site inspection last fall, using a red balloon to demonstrate visual impact of the tower from different elevations throughout Otisfield.

These maps show current cell phone coverage areas of Otisfield and the increased reception that a proposed Verizon Wireless oommunications tower would bring to the town.

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