A consultant will study cell phone coverage in Watertown, as well as town-owned buildings that could be used to place cell antennas or towers, but .
The council approved the study Tuesday night, which also includes a study of how to connect the police, fire and public works radio systems.
Town Councilor John Lawn said the cell-coverage study will be helpful when carriers come to town requesting installation a new antenna.
“Cell companies have a consultant who says they need cell coverage in this area, and we have nothing to dispute their statements,” Lawn said.
Some town-owned buildings could be used as sites for cell antennas, but currently the town’s bylaws do not allow them to be put on public property.
Councilor Angeline Kounelis said she does not want to lock the town into allowing antennas on public property.
“At this point I cannot support placing them on town property,” Kounelis said.
Kounelis said she heard discussions of putting cell antennas on the and the at the Planning Board and the Zoning Board.
Steve Magoon, director of Economic Development and Planning, said it does not allow antennas to be put on town-owned property. Another vote would need to be made.
Councilor Vincent Piccirilli said the towers would not be huge.
“People hear towers and think the 100-foot, 160-foot towers as seen on the Mass Pike,” Piccirilli said. “That’s exactly what we don’t want.”
The study will be completed within 60 days, Magoon said.