- Associated Press - Monday, January 20, 2014

NEWFANE, Vt. (AP) - One Vermont town supports a proposal to build a second cellular tower, but residents in another town aren’t welcoming one.

In Newfane, the selectboard said late last week that it supports an AT&T; proposal to build a new 140-foot tower, designed to improve cell service in the route 30 corridor.

AT&T; is developing its first tower on Oak Hill Road in South Newfane. It was approved by the Public Service Board in March. That tower initially received a lot of opposition from residents who were worried about the impact on property values.

Selectboard Chairman Jon Mack said he has heard no complaints about the plan for the second tower. “As it turns out, it’s a much less controversial spot,” he said.

In Putney, residents at a public meeting weren’t so keen on the building of a 130-foot tower, also by AT&T.;

The Brattleboro Reformer reports (https://bit.ly/1bI41RH) some neighbors who would see the tower from their land don’t want it. AT&T; said it would be needed to improve wireless and cell service around Putney and Interstate 91.

The tower is called a mono pine and is built to look like a tree.

“I live there. I walk my dog there,” said Angela Battisto. “There’s nothing aesthetic about what you guys are proposing.”

The selectboard and planning commission are going to talk more about the tower on Wednesday.


Information from: Brattleboro Reformer, https://www.reformer.com/



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