The Sleepy Hollow Homes Association board, in partnership with the San Domenico school, has for the past year been working with Verizon Wireless to bring a 4G cell tower installation to the San Domenico campus, to be installed in a position to serve Sleepy Hollow residents along with the campus itself. SHHA continues to track closely Verizon’s commitment to install a cell tower at San Domenico. We are in close communication with Marin County and our Supervisor Katie Rice regarding the permitting process. At present, Verizon engineers are working to develop an alternate power source so that the installation will remain in service during PG&E outages.The original design, which incorporated a diesel generator for backup, is not approved for use in Marin County public land. Our Verizon contact believes that this issue can be resolved quickly and the new design approved by the end of summer, although installation may be delayed depending on fall and winter weather conditions.
In the meantime, what can we do? Simply, let Supervisor Rice (firstname.lastname@example.org) know that bringing reliable cellular coverage to the Hollow should be a priority.
No mobile carrier will embark upon this process unless they are confident it will have community support and a champion at the government level. And we know, from experience, that unless we galvanize community support, the voices opposing expanded coverage will be the loudest in the room even though many of those speaking out have no direct interest in the matter. Indeed, the same ridgelines that currently keep wireless signals out of Sleepy Hollow will contain any wireless signals from a dedicated Sleepy Hollow cell tower.
Note that we also post updates on our Cell Service plan in the monthly bulletin, which can be found here.
On November 18th, 2020, a digital Town Hall was held to discuss the effort to bring mobile telecommunications to Sleepy Hollow. Speakers included Supervisor Katie Rice, David Wise of the San Domenico School, Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection Board member Rich Shortall, Dan Mahoney of the Ross Valley Fire Department, and SHHA board members David Baker and Pete Mayer. Topics include the RVFD's response to the fire on Dutch Valley Road, an overview of the SHHA's work on the cell phone issue, the process for approval of a telecommunications facility, and the current status of negotiations with a carrier. The program runs approximately 40 minutes followed by 20 minutes of Q & A.
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