In Springfield, cell equipment going into church steeple

04/14/08 6:06AM

Frustrated cell phone users, rejoice.

Unicel plans to install new equipment in the steeple of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Springfield in hopes of improving service to customers.

Town zoning administrator Linda Rousse says it makes sense, since churches are the tallest buildings in most New England towns.

Last week, the town Planning Commission gave its approval to a plan calling for Unicel to replace wooden louvers in the steeple with fiberglass ones and install three 5-foot panels.

The Russian Orthodox church, which towers over town, will have an equipment room on the third floor in addition to the equipment in the bell tower.

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