Thursday, July 14, 2022

Location, Location, Location! City selects High Ground in Crestview area for proposed communication tower for water and wastewater supply


Montreal Circle in the high ground area of the Crestview neighbourhood
is the site proposed for a City of Prince Rupert communication tower

The City of Prince Rupert has provided for Public Notice of its plans to construct  a new radio tower that will be located adjacent to the city's reservoirs on Montreal Circle, the high ground of the Crestview area of the community.

As the City explains it in their published Notice, the new 30 metre (100 foot) high tower will allow establishing of a radio network to support the operation of the city's water and wastewater  pump stations and will enhance the communication network between these facilities.

In the Notice, the city outlines the current situation and what the purpose of the new installation and its additional apparatus will be.

At present, most of this communication to the city pump stations is completed using Telus leased lines, with dedicated copper wiring. This method of communication is not adequately reliable and is no longer well supported. There are no other radio towers in the vicinity which are suitable for the purpose. Our antennas on the structure will be small 'yagi' style antennas.

The planned tower will be designated and installed in accordance with the good engineering practices in CSA S37 Antennas, Towers and Antenna Supporting structures and equipped with anti-climb measures. 

We will ensure the tower is visible for pilots of aircraft as required by Transport Canada; at this point we expect that the tower will be equipped with a pari of low intensity red LED lights for nighttime visibility and medium intensity white lights for daytime visibility.

As part of their notification, the City directs residents towards a federal government website related to communication towers in communities, which you can review here.

The City has yet to post the Notice to its civic website or social media stream.

Towards engagement with the community on the topic, the City notes that those with questions about project, or with to submit written comment should do so prior to a deadline of August 16th,

To do so, you should mark your submission as "Prince Rupert Montreal Circle Antenna Proposal" 

Address it to the City of Prince Rupert: c/o Guneet Uppal, City Hall, 424 3rd Avenue West, Prince Rupert, V8J 1L7

You can also forward a copy of your submission to Industry Canada, Northern BC and Yukon District Office, 280 Victoria Street, Room 203, Prince George, BC V2L 4X3

More notes on the City's Operations can be reviewed from our archive page here, while the work on the City's Water infrastructure program is available through our Major Projects and Infrastructure archive

Council Discussion themes can be explored further here

1 comment:

  1. Telus can’t place a tower along the mountain because of aesthetics but when the city needs a tower they pick the best highest ground.
    The city should get in touch with Telus and tell them we are fine with you placing your tower on Montreal Circle.