Verizon Wireless customers should see added signal strength in the area if Canal Winchester council members approve legislation allowing the company to place an antenna array on a water tower at Gender Road.

Verizon Wireless customers should see added signal strength in the area if Canal Winchester council members approve legislation allowing the company to place an antenna array on a water tower at Gender Road.

Council members will give a final reading to the legislation Jan. 5.

Village law director Gene Hollins said the company will pay the village $1,000 each month for the space on the water tower. The contract can be renewed for up to five years.

Hollins said this antenna array would be the third on the north Gender Road water tower. Other water towers in the village have no such arrays.

"We encourage (companies) to use existing high structures," Hollins said.

Joe Taylor, village water department manager, said Ameritech and Voicestream are the other two wireless companies with antenna arrays on the north Gender Road water tower.

Taylor said if council members approve the ordinance, contractors will survey the site and do the installation.

He said he was unsure of the installation timeframe. "It could be a year," he said.

The village has three water towers, Taylor said: two near Gender Road and one near Ashbrook Road.