Trustees look into cell tower issue in Cedar

Trustees on Nanaimo school district's facilities planning committee could weigh in on the debate over a planned cellphone tower in the Cedar area.

Trustees on Nanaimo school district’s facilities planning committee could weigh in on the debate over a planned cellphone tower in Cedar.

Jamie Brennan, a member of the committee, said trustee Ron Dale brought the issue up at last week’s education committee meeting because he heard concerns from Cedar residents about Telus’s plan to put a 60-metre wireless communication tower at 1710 Woobank Rd.

The facilities committee is already looking more generally at the issue of cellphone towers and whether the district should develop a policy around placement of towers near school buildings, he added, but committee members have not yet had a chance to talk about it in-depth.

The motion to look into the issue was made when a proposal to put a cell tower on Regional District of Nanaimo land near Hammond Bay Elementary School was rejected by the RDN board last February.

Brennan said the latest motion is to expedite discussions in light of the current issue.