A "balloon test" to see how a "monopine"-style cell tower, like this one in Otter Creek, would look in Town Hill will be conducted on June 24. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Cell tower balloon test

BAR HARBOR — Verizon Wireless is set to conduct a “balloon test” of a proposed new communication tower in Town Hill on Saturday, June 24, from 8 a.m. until noon.

“The idea of the balloon test is that the balloon will be on a tether 125 feet above the ground, and that will allow all involved to determine where the cellular tower will be visible from,” town Planning Director Bob Osborne said.

The planned 125-foot “monopine”-style communication tower would be installed on land leased from the KOA Woodlands campground in Town Hill.

During the test, Verizon representatives will take photographs from public areas where the balloon is visible in order to create photo simulations that will be submitted to the Planning Board. “Members of the public who live in close proximity to the KOA Campground are invited to look towards the site on June 24 to assess whether any portion of the tower might be visible from private property,” project representative Scott Anderson said.

In the event of adverse weather, including high winds, the balloon test will be held the next day, June 25.

The town’s Planning Board conducted an initial “completeness” review of the application at their June 7 meeting. A copy of the application is available in the town office.

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