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I don't suppose the people who wanted their view preserved are willing to pony up the $150K. When you buy a home, you don't own the view.
The US, and many other countries need protection from corporations because of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The laws need to be updated, and real tests need to be done on cell tower radiation without connections to the telecoms who want to make big bucks.
There are dozens(?) of towns presently undergoing this cell phone tower issue (and other environmental travesties), like deers caught in the headlights, they feel powerless.
There needs to be a national and international movement to find out exactly how the radiation of the cell phone towers is effecting us. Also, there needs to be more education on how to protect every community from big corporations, such as writing new ordinances and protecting communities and environment because they are what matter.
In some sense we are responsible because of the new 3G and 4G smart phones, which is a big reason the companies are putting up the new antennas. How can our behavior change so we can save our communities and environment?
To whatever bitter person who always comments whenever there is an article about something happening in Williamstown, knock it off with the 'rich south Williamstown' bs. Take a drive down Rt 7 and the adjacent roads and you might notice that the area is mostly normal, older houses, along with several motels and restaurants. Just because a few have some fancy digs and doesn't mean that everyone does. And most of us would like to have cell service like the rest of the civilised world.
First, a disclaimer. I live in South Williamstown and have for most of my life. Second, I am not against the cell tower. Third, I am not for it; my cell service is just fine (Verizon) and if I didn't have any service, that would be just fine with me!
I disagree that the problem is South Williamstown residents and NIMBY's, at least not entirely. The School Board, and elected group, voluntarily signed a contract to generate income for the school. At public hearings, some spoke against the tower. Other avenues were pursued but the Conservation Commission and ZBA, appointed town boards that serve at the pleasure of the Selectman, threw up roadblocks, again after publicized, open hearings.
My point is that many are quick to point the finger when people speak out, but where is the support? Why aren't a multitude of residents speaking in favor of the tower and the income it will generate for the school? I don't know -- maybe everyone is ambivalent like me and prefers to make anonymous posts rather than actually geting involved and being constructive...
The South Williamstown residents seem to think they can control everything. Well the few things they have have controlled by complaining at board meetings have all turned bad for the town. Those being the free water, line then the school had to import bottled water,then the playground on Green River Road, now the farm is sort of abandoned. Now we have the cell tower, and there also trying to save the Store at Five Corners, Subsidize a local business. it is about time the local boards understand that town roads and town land belongs to all town tax payers and not a few Johnny come late rich people. I wonder if board decisions would be different if people for projects would attend meetings instead of just the "not in my back yard people" with there scripts.
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"I disagree that the problem is South Williamstown residents and NIMBY's, at least not entirely."
Maybe not entirely, but they are the root of it. The sames ones who were actually AGAINST a free water line going to the high school. A high school that at the time had jet fuel contaminating their water supply.
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"My point is that many are quick to point the finger when people speak out, but where is the support? Why aren't a multitude of residents speaking in favor of the tower and the income it will generate for the school?"
Are there that many brain dead people that don't realize this on their own? That's the very reason the school agreed to a cell tower.
I wonder why the MRHS board would ask The Phelps to do a RFP and they would share the revenue with them from the tower instead of building on the school grounds, only to turn the tower down after words. maybe the answer might come from a secret donor contributing to the school and I really don't want to think that would happen in Williamstown, but? maybe the same donor should pony up 150,00.00 to Florida Tower partners or allow the tower.
Ahh, the water line fiasco; I was waiting for someone to bring that up. That one still shocks me. Blaming that on South Williamstown residents doesn't quite work, though, as the numbers don't add up. There are not enough residents of South Williamstown to outvote everyone else. Many were vocal in the support against the line, but everyone in town was free to vote, for or against. Unfortunately, the wrong side prevailed.
For the record I voted for the water line, twice. I think it was incredibly short-sighted to vote it down, and mark my words, instead of a free water line, we will be paying for one very soon.
Putting the blame for the water line fiasco at the feet of South Williamstown is totally appropriate. The numbers add up just fine. It doesn't matter how many residents there are of South Williamstown, it matters how many showed up to town meeting to outvote the waterline. S.Williamstown mobilized enough voters to vote down a good idea. The story is no more complex than that.
To keep things in perspective I believe we are talking about a 2 mile strip of deadzone cell covereage. When you brag about Fort West Hoosac what do you bragg about? the cell coverage and high speed internet?
The ZBA is in favor of voting for the cell tower at the Phelps property, because the species of special concern -- Hitchcock's sedge -- does not apply to the bylaw that prohibits building of towers on areas of rare or endangered species. If the FL Tower realized this, they could get the approval to build it there. The visual impact would be much less at the Phelps than on the school property, and you can see it if you go to the ZBA website which shows the photo simulations. So what is REALLY going on?
The South Williamstown residents are entitled to their opinions, but at the end of the day, the Zoning board of appeals rejected the location. We hear in these comments sections from South Williamstowners who were not against the tower. If Williamstown, its zoning and planning boards and others are going to be against all these developments, the taxpayers should get used to increased costs. Poor Lanesboro would get to pay a significant percent of the charge as an innocent bystander.