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Village Flubs on Cell Towers

Public hearing not held on cell tower placement before installation.

Northport Village Attorney James Matthews is blaming the premature installation of two cell towers in the village on a miscommunication between himself and village staff.

The cell towers, cylindrical devices atop telephone poles, were installed on village property near the highway department garage and at the corner of Laurel Avenue and Main Street. By law, Matthews explained, a public hearing should have been held to allow residents to voice their concerns over the placement of the poles.

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The village zoning board gave approval to cellular communications company Next-G to install the poles in March of 2012 after a public hearing. Because the initial installation locations-- one proposed for Scudder Avenue-- were voted down by the zoning board, a second public hearing would have been required prior to approval of the new locations.

"There was a miscommunication and we didn't get it rescheduled for a hearing before they were allowed to go forward," Matthews said at the Northport Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday.

Matthews said a public hearing and joint meeting between the board of trustees and the zoning board has been scheduled. Next G will be present to tell the public why they chose the locations and discuss configuration, design, and aesthetics.

The public hearing will be held on Wednesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in village hall.

It's unclear whether the poles would be uninstalled should the public strongly object to their placement.

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Carla February 21, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Who's on first, what's on second and third we need to be part of this century and not languishing in NIMBY land. This dysfunction is why taxes go up and up and up !
A Taxpayer February 22, 2013 at 12:29 AM
This is an utter disgrace and former Mayor Peter Nolan has every right to be outraged. The village should be ashamed of itself and the poles should have cut down with a chainsaw as soon as it was learned they were installed illegally. Why are they still standing? These are not ordinary telephone poles. They are extremely high and have various pieces of equipment mounted on them. They don't belong where they were installed. Why is the village not moving to bring them down? Disgraceful.
Louise February 22, 2013 at 12:46 AM
It's always better (to a corrupt mind) to commit an irreversible act and then apologize. Promise it will never happen again. Hypocrites.
The Brock February 22, 2013 at 12:54 AM
Oh please, it's a telephone pole. There's thousands all over the place, what's one more pole. The town made a mistake, get over it and let's deal with bigger issues, like the horrible roads, sidewalks and empty buildings. I could care less about another utility pole that's higher than others and has a box attached to it.
villager February 22, 2013 at 03:29 AM
Yeah, bigger issues like the almost 5% tax increase (did you look at your village tax bill?). I could barely read the 'this is how your money is spent' pie chart that was sent out. So much for a tax cap.
Louise February 22, 2013 at 12:51 PM
Brock and villager, so it will be ok by you if poles are put in front of your homes next time? Oh, that's right, you'll be too busy worrying about other things. So it won't matter.
Joe Williams February 22, 2013 at 01:15 PM
These tower companies pay $1,500 per company per month, so lets say the big 4 (t Mobile, Verizion, AT &T, Nextel) are on each tower it draws $6,000.00 per month. Now, Water Departments, Fire houses and other municipalities within Huntington Township have them. My question is who benifits from this income, as property taxes rise this income should be shared with the taxpayer to lighten the load.
SB February 22, 2013 at 01:37 PM
Cells towers are a health risk and bring property values down. How did this happen?http://www.emwatch.com/Cellmasts.htm
Carla February 22, 2013 at 02:33 PM
This like the gang who could'nt shoot straight. At a village hall board meeting I witnessed a doctor who had called numerous times about a dead tree to no avail, it fell on his house finally and when asked no person in the village could produce any work order and the doctor was told he should have put it in writing ! This was a simple matter, but who knows what else is going on behind the village screens of ineptitude.
Leah Bush (Editor) February 22, 2013 at 03:29 PM
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Ron February 22, 2013 at 05:50 PM
It happened because Jim Matthews has done things like this before and nobody acted to replace him and Northport government is in need of investigation and oversight. Also, if you go to the meetings you can watch Matthews take a nap. All public knowledge but nobody is doing anything.
Susan February 22, 2013 at 10:20 PM
It's not the poles - it's the Village acting with a callous disregard for those of us who live here ...reminds me of the day I opened mail from the Town to find a bill due for a surprise sewer usage fee. And...did anyone look into the health harzards these cell towers pose?
Tony February 26, 2013 at 01:50 AM
I applaud Matthews. Cell service in Northport is borderline criminal. This town has too much bureaucracy and too many naysayers. Why must we always insist on saying no to progress with knee-jerk reflexivity? I say bring on the cell towers. Bring back the Gap downtown. Cell towers, dangerous? Is this 1994? We sound like a town of bitter old fogies, yelling at the neighbor kids to stay out of our yards. Lighten up, it's a pole.
Andrea Sicoffshitz October 28, 2013 at 09:05 AM
Tony, I hope you never suffer the unbearable consequences of EMF radiation exposure, either you or one of your children. It is a dreadful disorder and many people commit suicide having no where to turn, because todays doctors are inept and ill-equipped to deal with the myriad of problems from exposure to cell tower and all wifi technology, including cell phones and cordless phones. This is a lethal time in the history of the world, and we human beings have devastated the country and the world with all its sycophantic, materialism for wanting to be so connected. WHY?. Because we can't sit still with ourselves for any length of time. We scare ourselves to death with our own reality, so take it to another place, drugs, alcohol, food, sex, gambling and heads-down in our laps technology. We never have to look up or face anyone ever again. Kudos to Big Business for lighting us up to death while you sit in you palatial estates, dining on lobster and fine wines, while we die a slow and cruel death and give our children every sickness and disease known and unknown to mankind. Nice Work....I am sick from EMF exposure and that cell tower on the corner of Laurel and Main is the reason.

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