Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 10/25/2018 - 6:30 PM
Type: Action
Subject: Western Albemarle High School Cell Tower Contract
ACPS Division Objective :
Objective 5
We will optimize resources.
Policy: EC - Buildings and Grounds Management
File Attachment:
Summary: On September 3, 2017 Albemarle County Public Schools issued to Milestone Communications a Notice to Proceed with a zoning application and ground lease for a cell tower project at Western Albemarle High School. On October 30, 2017 Milestone Communications filed the necessary applications for the zoning and construction of the tower. The appropriate permits were approved by the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors approved the project at the September 12, 2018 meeting.

The new cell tower will address an identified coverage gap in the community surrounding Western Albemarle High School. Milestone Communications proposes to build a 100’ monopole on the Western Albemarle High School property. The ground equipment required to operate the pole, will be located at the foot of the pole, in a fenced and locked compound, approximately 2,625 square feet. The pole will be constructed on the eastern part of the school parcel, behind the bleachers on the northeastern corner of the football field, and will be clear of all student activities.

Milestone Communications will enter into a long-term ground lease with the Albemarle County School Board (10 year initial term with four-5 year renewals) to lease the approximately 2,625 square feet of 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 collocations on this pole. The pole will be constructed to house up to three carriers (one reserved for the school division). The annual ground rent from each carrier is approximately $30,000/year, with 3% escalations. The School Board will also receive a one-time payment of $20,000 at the time of construction and $5,000 for each carrier that 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, the wireless coverage and public safety communication will 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: To review the contract regarding the WAHS cell tower and a decision to be presented For Action meeting on 11/08/2018.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Joe Letteri - Director, Building Services
Signed By:
Rosalyn Schmitt - Chief Operating Officer
Signed By:
Dr. Matt Haas - Superintendent