Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 8/10/2017 - 6:30 PM
Type: Info
Subject: Western Albemarle High School Cell Tower Proposal (7:40 to 7:50)
ACPS Division Objective :
Objective 5
We will optimize resources.
Policy: EC - Buildings and Grounds Management
Enclosure: Enclosure 1 - Site Plan
Enclosure 2 - Photo Simulation
File Attachment:
Western Albemarle HS Monopole Site Plan.pdf
Western Albemarle HS - Tower Detail - 8 7 17 1.pdf
Photo Simulation.jpg
Summary: Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) has identified a gap in coverage in the community surrounding Western Albemarle High School. In an effort to assist Shentel in achieving this goal, Milestone Communications is proposing to build a 135’ monopole on the Western Albemarle High School property. The ground equipment required to operate the pole would be located at the foot of the pole, in a fenced and locked compound of approximately 2,600 square feet. The pole would be constructed near the Stadium, behind the Home bleachers and clear of all student activities.

Milestone Communications would enter into a long-term ground lease with the Albemarle County School Board (10 year initial term with four - 5 year renewals) to lease ground space needed to construct the tower. In exchange, Milestone will share 40% of all of the gross revenues that are generated by leasing space to Shentel and any future carriers on the pole. The annual ground rent from each carrier is $30,000, with a 3% annual escalation, of which the County's portion will be $12,000. The pole will be constructed to house up to four carriers. The School Board would also receive a one-time site fee payment of $25,000 at the time of construction and $5,000 for the second carrier that co-locates on the pole. Note that one section (10 feet) of the pole is reserved for the School District to use, free of charge, for its own equipment needs.

In addition to the economic benefit provided to the school system and its students, wireless coverage and public safety communications would be greatly enhanced in this area for the students and the nearby community.
Funding: The Division would receive rental fees and a portion of the cell tower for its own utilization.
Recommendation: Request the School Board to approve the concept of the Western Albemarle High School cell tower project as noted above, and authorize Milestone Communications to file for the necessary applications and for the construction of the tower. If the applications are approved, staff will work with Milestone Communications to finalize the contract and construction documents.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Joe Letteri - Director, Building Services
Signed By:
Dean Tistadt - Chief Operating Officer
Signed By:
Dr. Pamela Moran - Superintendent