GOULDSBORO — A new 190-foot communications tower designed to improve cell phone reception on the Schoodic Peninsula was approved by the Gouldsboro Planning Board Sept. 6.
The tower will be built on Route 186 across from 272 Main St. in the village of Birch Harbor on property owned by A. R. Whitten & Son Inc.
Planning Board Chairman Ray Jones said the first contracted user will be AT&T, but the tower is designed to accommodate up to six users.
Jones said the tower should help enhance reception in the villages of Prospect Harbor and Corea, Birch Harbor, Wonsqueak Harbor, Acadia National Park at Schoodic and portions of Winter Harbor.
“Everywhere where the line of sight is not blocked by hills,” he said.
Jones said the tower, which will be encircled by a chain link fence, is on a 108-foot elevation.
The setback on the perimeter is a minimum of 600 feet so there is no danger of the tower falling on any structure, he said.
The $225,000 tower with its related ground equipment is being built by Bay Communications II LLC of Wilmington, Mass., and is expected to be completed within 45 days.