What happens if we choose not to put forth a cell tower proposal?

If we choose not to move forward, the providers may consider going to an alternate site on private property, either in Westfield or directly across the tracks in Clark. This would improve the coverage BUT eliminate Westfield from being able to reap any of the investment or revenue benefits. It could lead to a “Garwood ShopRite” scenario in which we didn’t allow the store to be located in Westfield due to traffic concerns, so it was moved mere feet over the border into Garwood. We got stuck with the traffic and reaped no tax benefit. We anticipate that a future cell tower in the Houlihan/Sid Fay vicinity is inevitable. This proposal is an attempt to proactively maximize the benefits to the community.

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1. What prompted the Town to consider proposals to erect a cell tower near Houlihan/Sid Fay Field Complex?
2. What will the RFP propose?
3. Why is a cell tower needed in that location?
4. What evidence is there that coverage is lacking and exactly where?
5. What improvements would we propose be made to Houlihan/Sid Fay?
6. What are the current safety issues at Houlihan/Sid Fay?
7. How much parking would be added, and where?
8. What would the financial benefits be to the town?
9. Where exactly would the cell tower go?
10. Can the park improvements be made without putting in a cell tower?
11. What happens if we choose not to put forth a cell tower proposal?
12. What are the next steps in the process?