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Google map of 15 Walker Drive, Charlottetown, where Eastlink will be installing a cellphone tower.
EastLink is putting up a cellphone tower right next to the Belvedere Golf Course.
The tower will be almost 150 feet high (45.7 metres) and stationed at 15 Walker Drive.
Charlottetown city council recently approved the request by the narrowest of margins.
Council was split right down the middle, 5-5, before Mayor Clifford Lee broke the tie in favour of the request.
"I think this is a good location for a cell tower,'' Lee said in breaking the tie.
Councillors David MacDonald, Cecil Villard, Mitchell Tweel, Danny Redmond and Eddie Rice voted against the application for a tower at the location.
But Tweel raised an important point before the vote was held.
"Industry Canada could override our decision,'' Tweel said. "I've got to question whether city council's vote is irrelevant.''
Indeed, Industry Canada does not need municipal approval to go ahead with erecting cellphone towers. It applies to the city as a means of informing the municipality and residents of what it is doing.
That started a bit of a debate among councillors over groups like Industry Canada and the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission overruling council on various matters.
"I don't think IRAC should be involved in decisions made by council,'' MacDonald said.