ROUSES POINT - For the last two years, Verizon Wireless has been working to get a tower in the village of Rouses Point. One way or another, it appears they will succeed.
During a Nov. 2 meeting of the village board, an update was given by Mayor George A. Rivers that Landmark Structures Inc. and Verizon Wireless are currently working together to get the tower up and running.
Landmark Structures was the company that erected the water tower in Rouses Point. Verizon Wireless is looking to put their tower on top of the structure to save in expenses of putting up a completely new tower.
However, Landmark has to sign a contract to allow for the cell tower, and first needs to determine whether or not the tower will damage the inside of the water tower.
"Nothing will happen until Landmark and Verizon get their act together," said Rivers.
If Landmark decides it is in their best interest to not have the cell tower added to the existing structure, then Verizon may have to build a completely new tower on the same property.
With either decision, when Verizon puts up their cell tower, it will give cell reception within a five-mile radius of the tower.
"It sure as hell will help the residents," Rivers said.