Waldwick December 2, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • Page 7 Two new telecommunications antennas going up on Borough of Waldwick-owned cell towers will bring the borough an additional $63,585 in revenue each year. Last week the borough council awarded a bid for $33,600 to MetroPCS New York to co-locate on the monopole at the leaf mulch site behind Boston Market. This would be the fifth antenna on the 150-foot tower, which already has Sprint, Nextel, T-Mobile and ATT Singular. Metro PCS will first have to get the approval of the four other carriers before erecting its antenna. The company had asked the governing body to relax this provision and require that the co-locators be notified only and that they be given 15 days to respond. Borough Administrator Gary Kratz recommended, however, that the original provision be maintained. “Getting permission is not that onerous. It’s no more than we have required of all the others,” Kratz said. At a previous meeting, the council awarded a bid to TMobile Northeast in the amount of $29,985 annually to colocate at the 125-ft. high monopole at the DPW garage on Industrial Way. ATT Singular and Verizon are located on that tower. Kratz said that perhaps there is room for one additional locator at that site. The borough has been receiving $215,000 in revenue a year from leases on the two sites. This figure was recently increased by $3,600 a year when Sprint Spectrum asked to amend its lease to accommodate five additional antennas Borough awards bids for two new antennas on its deck at the leaf mulch property. A third telecommunications monopole in the borough Waldwick school officials are planning to bring an allday kindergarten program to the district, which could begin as early as September of 2011. The key to the program is the construction of a new, $5 million building on the grounds of the Traphagen School. “We have been talking about replacing Building 11, which is really two side-by-side trailers, on Summit Avenue,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Penna told Villadom TIMES last week. “It’s not wise to put more money into repairing them.” Dr. Penna said the proposed replacement for the trailers would be a new structure that would be constructed on the Traphagen School’s current playground area. The playground would be moved to the basketball court area. “The drop off area would also accommodate basketball; it would be a multi-use area,” he explained. The superintendent said the district now has an architectural drawing from Joseph DiCara of DiCara Rubino which Dr. Penna described as a rough sketch that shows where is located at the corner of Wyckoff and Crescent avenues behind the 7-Eleven. That location is privately owned. Officials plan for all-day kindergarten everything would fit on the school grounds. “Construction would not start until June at the earliest,” he added. The $5 million, Dr. Penna said, would come from capital improvement funds, rather than a new bond issue. The superintendent noted that there are funds budgeted for renovations in the district’s schools each year. The funds for the new construction would be diverted from the renovation budget. He added that the district plans to apply to the state for a construction grant, the amount of which would be determined by the state in the future, to offset the cost of the new construction. The superintendent also pointed out that the district stands to save funds in the near future as it hires new staff members for less money to replace retirees who had reached higher steps on the salary guide. Asked if all-day kindergarten is a state requirement, Dr. Penna responded the district is not legally obligated to provide kindergarten at all. 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