LITTLE SILVER: The borough is moving forward with plans to install a new cell tower in the downtown area.
A 95-foot communications tower at Little Silver Borough Hall be erected to replace the current 65-foot tower for safety reasons.
Little Silver Mayor Robert Neff said the current tower is "so old a consultant refused to climb it."
Neff said the tower will have a dual benefit for the borough.
"First, it will eliminate the 'dead zones' where our emergency radios suddenly go silent, keeping all of us safer," he said. "Second, Verizon will pay for it, and will then lease space to providers for cell platforms to enhance local phone service."
The tower will serve the borough's police, fire, EMS and department of public works. It will also serve the state police and county hotlines.
Neff said pre-construction meetings for the tower have begun but he did not provide am exact date for when actual construction will begin.