Sooke has added a metallic monument in our town centre: the Telus cellular tower was erected on June 1, 2016. The tower is located at 6683 Sooke Road. (Photos at the end of the article.)
The installation of the tower was approved unanimously by Council at the Regular Council Meeting held on October 26, 2015. All seven Councillors and Mayor were present.
SPN located the PowerPoint presentation given by Chad Marlatt, the TELUS Government Affairs Manager to Council at the Oct 26 meeting, which we host below for your information.
Following the presentation, there is the segment of the minutes from the Council Meeting that addressed with the installation of the tower. Links to both (the PowerPoint presentation and the Regular Council Meeting) have also been provided.
D-1 TELUS Communications
Chad Marlatt, TELUS Government Affairs Manager provided a powerpoint presentation and overview of a proposal for a wireless antenna installation at 6683 Sooke Road. Mr. Marlatt reported that the proposal is for be for a 15 meter high shrouded monopole located at the rear of the TELUS site in the Town Centre. Mr. Marlatt spoke to the increase in data traffic by smart phone users noting that 71% of 911 calls come through mobile phones. Mr. Marlatt overviewed the proposed improved cellular service areas for Sooke and provided a summary of TELUS’s public consultation process to date. TELUS is looking for endorsement (concurrence) by Council in order to move ahead with the installation of the monopole.
- The District of Sooke has put a large amount of funding into the improvements in the Town Centre and Council would like to see TELUS work with the District’s Sooke Program for the Arts (“SPA”) Committee on a beautification project for the TELUS building and property located at 6683 Sooke Road
- Discussion as to the timeline for the installation of the proposed monopole
- The property is zoned public utility which is regulated by the federal government; TELUS is also federally regulated through Industry Canada
- TELUS requires concurrence by all local governments for the installation of monopoles If approval is not provided, they would have to go through Industry Canada which is a lengthy process
Doug Anastos, General Manager, Vancouver Island, advised that TELUS will quite often work with municipalities on beautification projects and they would be willing to work with the District’s SPA Committee on a project. MOVED and seconded to endorse the proposed TELUS wireless antenna installation at 6683 Sooke Road as submitted to Council.