VALHALLA, N.Y. – A plan to build a 110-foot-tall cell tower was shot down by the Mount Pleasant Town Board Tuesday evening after many Pleasantville homeowners in the area complained about living under its shadows.
“It’s inappropriate for this area because it’s a residential area,” said Pleasantville resident Barry Eisenberg.
The cell tower was proposed to be placed near the corner of Bear Ridge Road and Watch Hill Road by Homeland Towers. Resident Michelle Glassman originally read about the project in a July Mount Pleasant Daily Voice article. Glassman printed the article and distributed it to her neighbors and a committee formed against the project. In total, Town Supervisor Joan Maybury said the town received around 200 letters and 300 signatures on an online petition against the tower.
Maybury, who visited the site with Town Councilman Carl Fulgenzi, agreed putting a cell tower in the proposed location would not fit.
“It’s one thing to look at an aerial view of where the tower would go, but it’s another to go down there and look around and then look up 110 feet and see where this thing would be looming over your property,” Maybury said.
The board unanimously voted to squash the plan. A representative for Homeland Towers was not at the meeting. The plan by Homeland was for the tower to accommodate up to five wireless service providers and also radio services for emergency personnel.
Maybury said the tower could bring as much as $90,000 per year in revenue to the town through a rental agreement with the wireless service providers.
Maybury said although the original plan is dead, the town will continue to work with Homeland to find a new location for the tower. A potential new spot is the Department of Environmental Protection facility in Valhalla, and Maybury said talks between the involved parties are being conducted.