Harmar supervisors to consider ordinance for wireless antennas, towers
Harmar supervisors are holding a public hearing Thursday to consider a new ordinance outlining regulations for installing wireless antennas and towers for 5G cellular service in township right-of-ways.
Wireless communications companies are permitted by the Federal Communications Commission to place the antennas and towers wherever they want, but supervisors Chairman Bob Seibert said municipalities can put limits on where they are installed and what they look like.
Seibert said he expects a lot of antennas to be placed across municipalities in the next decade or so. He said he wants Harmar to be prepared when that day comes.
The ordinance is intended to protect residents who may live near right-of-ways where towers and antennas could be installed.
The ordinance outlines provisions such as height, size, maintenance agreements and landscaping, among other things.
The township also would charge application fees ranging from $100 to $1,000 depending on the structure.
A copy of the proposed ordinance is available at the township office for residents to inspect without charge during regular business hours.
Emily Balser is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Emily at 412-871-2369, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .