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Top Stories 2012: Pleasantville Halts Cell Tower Plan

A visualization of what the tower would look like at the corner of Bear Ridge and Watch Hill roads in Pleasantville.
A visualization of what the tower would look like at the corner of Bear Ridge and Watch Hill roads in Pleasantville. Photo Credit: Provided

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - As 2012 draws to an end, The Mount Pleasant Daily Voice is looking back at some of the top stories of the year .

A group of Pleasantville residents were able to stop the town of Mount Pleasant from allowing the installation of a 110-foot-tall cell tower in a residential area.

The cell phone tower , planned by the group Homeland Towers, was to be placed at the corner of Bear Ridge and Watch Hill roads in Pleasantville. After resident Michelle Glassman, who lives near the planned location, read about the project on The Daily Voice in July, she printed the story and distributed it to her neighbors. A citizen's committee was formed and Mount Pleasant Town Supervisor Joan Maybury said the town received around 200 letters and a petition with more than 300 signatures opposing the tower.

After feeling the pushback from residents, Maybury and the Town Board unanimously voted to halt the project, saying the location was not suitable.

“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 shortly after the project was canceled.

The cell tower would have been able to accommodate up to five wireless service providers and brought in up to $90,000 in revenue for the town through rental agreements, Maybury said. The plan to install such a tower is not completely dead and the town is considering installing a similar one on the property of the Department of Environmental Protection facility in Valhalla.

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