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Huntington POV: Illegal Cell Tower Removal Still on Hold

T Mobile's Demolition Permit for SHWD's illegal Tower

Last year at this time, residents on E.17th Street awoke one morning to a 100-foot cell tower practically in their backyards. It could happen to you.( Read  T Mobile Tower Placed on Hold and Sneaky T Mobile Ignores Town )

At the last Town Board meeting they voted to have a hearing on January 11th at 6pm, on a 90-day moratorium on cell towers/antennas in order to ‘toughen town code’.  Councilman Mark Cuthbertson is proposing municipal properties to be exempted.  This is a dangerous precedent. If written this way, town code would allow telecom companies to avoid town-planning review on these properties. Municipal properties are everywhere in the township and there are many municipal properties in residential neighborhoods.

A town code exempting municipal properties would result in what t-mobile did on the South Huntington Water District property to happen elsewhere because the town will have manipulated local law to legalize it, only then residents will not be able to object because if its in the code, its legal.

At the upcoming January 11th town board meeting, residents who don’t want to see a cell tower on town property near their homes can speak to the board letting them know that all future cell towers/antennas on anything zoned other than industrial must NOT be exempted from a new tougher cell tower town code, and MUST be required to go through town review process and be spot zoned for approval.

The town code mission statement reads that the zoning law is in place to protect, among other things, the ‘quality’ of life of the residents.  Something built above the code limitations already in place for height such as a cell tower, violates the view and quality of local residents life. Not exempting municipal properties in the code will give residents the right to voice their opinion at a public hearing.

The truth is we cannot stop cell phone towers.  We can, however, try to control where they are going.  We don’t want our town board to write a new code that takes away the taxpayer’s right to have a say in where these towers will go.  Taxpayers do pay for everything through taxation.  Town taxpayers after all, own the town property.

To protect the quality of life for all residents, we are asking people to attend and to speak out.


Terry Urbach

Terry Urbach is a contributor to the Village Tattler’s Huntington POV. The VT welcomes perspectives from all area residents. Huntington POV does not reflect the views of the Village Tattler, rather the individuals who submitted them. Click here for more about the rules and process for submitting an article or other media for publication.

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1 comment to Huntington POV: Illegal Cell Tower Removal Still on Hold

  • Andrew

    Honestly, I am growing tired of having to voice myself to a group of elected officials whose sworn duty it is to protect my interests as a taxpayer and to uphold the quality of life in the town of Huntington. Time for another cup of coffee.

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