What prompted the Town to consider proposals to erect a cell tower near Houlihan/Sid Fay Field Complex?

On February 5, 2021, the Town of Westfield received a letter from AT&T asking the Town to consider allowing a cell tower to be erected in Westfield near the railroad tracks adjacent to Houlihan/Sid Fay fields. AT&T advised that the cellular network coverage in the area is inadequate, and that certain public safety benefits would result from improved coverage as well.  Because we think this is an opportunity to improve safety while improving the facilities without cost to the Town, the Town Council is contemplating the following next steps:

o    Bringing on a consultant, at no cost to the Town, who has expertise in negotiating cell tower agreements to assist in crafting the RFP. 

o    Based on the recommendation of the consultant, issuing an RFP to wireless providers to see which can offer the best solution for Westfield.


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1. What prompted the Town to consider proposals to erect a cell tower near Houlihan/Sid Fay Field Complex?
2. What will the RFP propose?
3. Why is a cell tower needed in that location?
4. What evidence is there that coverage is lacking and exactly where?
5. What improvements would we propose be made to Houlihan/Sid Fay?
6. What are the current safety issues at Houlihan/Sid Fay?
7. How much parking would be added, and where?
8. What would the financial benefits be to the town?
9. Where exactly would the cell tower go?
10. Can the park improvements be made without putting in a cell tower?
11. What happens if we choose not to put forth a cell tower proposal?
12. What are the next steps in the process?