Tower deal

BAR HARBOR — Councilors voted to reject an offer by a third-party firm to purchase the town’s lease and easement with Verizon Wireless for the cell tower on top of the fire station.

The offer from California-based Lease Advisors of $352,757 would replace annual revenue to the town from the lease of about $28,566 per year. The lease expires in 2018, Town Manager Cornell Knight said. It likely will be renewed. Negotiations could increase the rent.

Fire Chief Matt Bartlett noted that Verizon is planning an upgrade, indicating the firm hopes to continue to use it for several more years. The town’s only obligation is to provide the space.



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