POTTSTOWN PA – What’s good for a municipal goose might also be suitable for a school district gander, David Faulkner thinks.
Faulkner, vice president of the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors, suggested Tuesday (June 17, 2014) that the district pursue a new source of revenue by leasing selected portions of its real estate as locations to erect new towers for cellular phone service. It’s an idea, he acknowledged, that he borrowed from recent actions by the Lower Pottsgrove Township Board of Commissioners.
Commissioners gave tentative blessing in May to a proposal from P3 Towers, a company based in Red Hill PA, to lease township-owned ground at two potential sites for up to 29 years. P3 would handle details and cover costs in building the towers and offering antenna space on them to major cell service providers, the board was told. The township receives a portion of the revenue, at its peak estimated to be almost $40,000 a year, in return.
Contracts for the deal are being reviewed and revised by township Solicitor Robert Brant, and might be finalized in July.
Faulkner, who at the time said he spent “a night off” attending the commissioners’ meeting, was impressed by the plan. “It might be a way for us to bring in some extra money,” he told school board colleagues during their Tuesday meeting in the district office.
They agreed, and asked district administrators to follow up.
Related (to the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors’ June 17 meeting):