Rhinebeck village officials draft 5G installation law – Daily Freeman

RHINEBECK, NY – Village board members will consider a bill Feb. 8 that will regulate the installation of 5G cell phone transmission equipment.

The session is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the town hall at 76 East Market St..

Mayor Gary Bassett said the law was drafted to respond to changes in cellular system standards that make it more likely that companies will seek to set up sites in the village.

“It’s all about co-location, aesthetics, cost,” he said. “It’s comprehensive and thorough legislation for small wireless installations.”

In the draft, officials wrote that legislation is needed to prevent transmitters from interfering with the use of streets, sidewalks and alleys as well as to prevent equipment from creating unsafe conditions for vehicular traffic. or pedestrians.

The law includes language intended to “ensure that diligent efforts are made to preserve the village’s unique character, aesthetic and architectural qualities, historic structures, sites and cultural features”.

Council members also want to optimize the facilities to ensure they “provide the benefits of reliable access to wireless telecommunications technology, broadband and 9-1-1 services to residents and visitors.” homes, businesses and schools“.

Under the proposed law, developers would be allowed to place 5G systems on existing cell towers; the roofs of hospitals, libraries, buildings for educational use, the Astor house and the bell tower of a church; utility poles that are not in a right-of-way but are in locations where a utility company has access rights; and roofs of existing buildings in the village center area.

Facilities would not be permitted as an attachment to traffic lights and could not be within 150 feet of another provider’s facilities or within 500 feet of the provider’s existing facilities.

Bassett said council may hold a public hearing on the law if there are no major changes to the project.

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