A property owner in the Parks Ridge area wants to lease part of his property to a cell phone company so they can put up a tower. Having a tower there would certainly improve reception for those of us here in the broadcast shadow, but the property owner's neighbors are none too happy about the plan. Kate Hall called me up about this on Sunday to explain: the tower (hole already dug although the permit hasn't yet been secured) would be only 14 feet from the property line (making the man's next-door neighbor unhappy and being within the right of way). People are evidently concerned about the tower's proximity (lots of kids in the neighborhood, worries about the viewshed, broadcasting tower in a residential neighborhood, etc.). Kate told me she'd send me information on the situation, but I haven't got it yet. There will be a planning board meeting at the borough on this in early December.
Dermot Cole has brought up the issue of cell phone towers in his column--the Birch Hill Cemetery has been abused with a tower, setting a bad precedent. It seems to me part of the same pattern of poor planning (or no planning) that plagues the Fairbanks area. Or perhaps it's not so much the planning but the land management. The planning board frequently gets trumped by Paul Costello's department (required to Make Money) or the borough assembly.
More to come.
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