Mobilitie wants 125-foot pole

By Lenny C. Lepola -

A utility representative proposed placing wireless broadband poles at two prominent locations in Sunbury during last week’s Village Council meeting.

Dave Minger, a Permitting Manager with Mobilitie, LLC, was in chambers at last Wednesday’s meeting to introduce his firm.

“Mobilitie is a new utility for wireless broadband commercial data transfer facilities,” Minger said during the public comment portion of the meeting. “Mobilitie provides a big data pipeline in the sky for commercial entities transferring massive amounts of data.”

Minger said Mobilitie does not own or transfer data; the firm provides the physical infrastructure data companies use to transfer data.

Following the brief introduction, Dave Minger announced that Mobilitie has targeted two locations in the village for wireless broadband poles – and the locations did not please those sitting at the dais.

Minger said the utility’s poles are taller than the average utility pole – two planned for Sunbury would be a 75-foot pole near Big Walnut High School, and a 125-footpole with a 40-inch wide base in the roadway right-of-way at the intersection of West Cherry Street and State Route 3.

Council member Joe Gochenour expressed concerns about data transfer towers located in highly visible areas in the village, especially the 125-foot tower at the village’s main intersection.

No action was taken.

In other business, members of village council’s Insurance Committee recommended Arthur J Gallagher & Company as next year’s employee health insurance provider. Broker Chris Whittkop was in chambers for council member’s vote to approve the recommendation.

Whittkop said Arthur J Gallagher & Company has a team that focuses on small- to mid-market clients.

With the vote of approval Whittkop is now able to shop for options in time for the village’s January 1 renewal date.

Parks Committee member Scott Weatherby announced that a Sunbury Parks Survey would soon be available online. The survey should close mid- to late-November, followed by results tabulation, a public hearing, and inclusion of key items in the village’s emerging Parks & Recreation Master Plan.

Sunbury Mayor Tommy Hatfield announced that the village would host a Bicentennial Reception at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9, at Big Walnut High School in recognition of Sunbury’s official 200th Birthday.

William and Lawrence Myers filed a plat on November 9, 1816, creating the Village of Sunbury. Hatfield said in keeping with the village’s birthday celebration the reception would be a cake and punch affair.

By Lenny C. Lepola

Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.

Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.