Fix up the old tower first

Published on June 20, 2014

A close look at the current Main Street cell tower, which is more than 100 feet tall, reveals it being less than aestetically appealing.

Late last month Stephenville resident Fred Pottle made some observations about a Bell Mobility tower planned to go up on Missouri Drive in Stephenville. He made some valid points about how the tower would change the skyline in the town and the impact such a structure would have on the surrounding area.

Pottle even went as far as saying the current tower located on Main Street in Stephenville is an eyesore and this new one may double that problem.

There is no doubt that when the tower was first erected decades ago it was a fine, with lots of “dishes” pointing in different directions to pick up signals for an analog system. Times have changed and now it’s equipped with different types of receivers to work in conjunction with digital systems.

Those receivers have been changed though the years and aren’t that much of an eyesore, but the tower structure itself hasn’t received any attention at all. The red and white colours have paled and the paint has scaled.

That’s not to say the structure has been damaged or compromised, but it doesn’t look good, especially in the downtown.

Just as the technology has changed through the years, the companies that have owned the tower have changed as well, from Newfoundland Telephone, to New Tel Communications, to Aliant and now Bell Aliant.

No matter what the current name, it’s a large telecommunications company and should be responsible to the communities it is operating in. Before Bell Mobility puts up a new tower in a town, the company should ensure that its infrastructure already in place is in good shape. The price tag shouldn’t be too high to do some rehabilitative work.

The proposed tower by Bell Mobility on Missouri Drive is 108 feet high and will be of a different style, a round one this time. Let’s hope its fate doesn’t follow the same trend.

The towers are pretty when they go up, but they need to be watched and cared for as decades pass.