On Monday, the Dolgeville (NY) Board of Appeals approved plans for a 140-foot tall tower on Fire Department property, reported the Times Telegram. The tower was proposed by AT&T earlier this year to fill coverage gaps, but a decision was delayed due to the pandemic.
Resident Lorrie Mott called the project “unfortunate,” saying other locations could have been considered. “I don’t want it in a residential area,” she said. “Our property values will go down.”
When the tower was first proposed, Mott and other residents signed a petition, collecting nearly 200 signatures, which they presented to the ZBA. Penny Primeau, who lives next door to the proposed site, said, “I’m not against a cell tower; I’m against this location. I feel this is being pushed in and built without people being aware.”
On the flip side, the project’s supporters initiated a Change.org petition called “Dolgeville wants a cell tower.” Proponents believe the tower would benefit the Fire Department and residents in surrounding areas, reported the Telegram.
According to AT&T lead public relations manager for corporate communications Megan Daly, the company sought a suitable location “to build the critical infrastructure that will enhance coverage for the area’s residents, guests, and first responders. We consistently work to improve our network,” she added.
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