City of Somerville

Agenda Item
Kept in Committee
Mar 11, 2020 6:00 PM

Small Wireless Facility License, ExteNet Systems attaching small cell equipment on a new pole replacing an existing pole at Trum Playground, 546 Broadway.


Department:City ClerkSponsors:
Category:Grant of LocationPurposes:Small Wireless Facility


  1. GOL ExteNet 546 Broadway

Official Text

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Meeting History

Sep 12, 2019 7:00 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting

The President opened the public hearing. Rosanna Ferrante with ExteNet discussed the work to be completed. Matt Glaser, 18 Park Place, expressed concern about 5G electromagnetic radiation and opposed the installation of this cell on 546 Broadway. Councilor Niedergang stated that there is an Ordinance that the City Solicitor is proposing, to provide a little more leverage on whether the City has to accept these things without conditions. He added that the Council should take as much time as they legally can to consider this and to work on the Ordinance. With no other speakers, the President closed the public hearing.

Sep 25, 2019 6:00 PM Video Licenses and Permits Committee Committee Meeting

Mr. Long reported that all city sign-offs have been completed. This application was submitted on August 9, 2019 and is for work on a new pole, so the time limit for this item is 90 days from the submission date.

Mr. MacEachern explained that anytime equipment is replaced, e.g., lighting, it has to meet the city's specs and look the same as the item being replaced. Since this work is being done by a company outside of the city's contract, Councilor Scott thinks it would be prudent to have the plan go through another engineering cycle to be sure the city gets what it's supposed to get.

Ms. Feranti stated that the work calls for the addition of a conduit manhole in the sidewalk, and she will provide additional details on this to Mr. Long.

Nov 25, 2019 6:00 PM Video Licenses and Permits Committee Committee Meeting

Ms. Ferrante reported that ExteNet is unable to replace with an exact matching pole, but due to space needed for the antenna, she is working with Commissioner MacEachern. This item was kept in committee until a report is sent back to the committee.

Mar 11, 2020 6:00 PM Video Licenses and Permits Committee Committee Meeting

Ms. Ferrante stated that this has been resolved and waiting for the updated plans.