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Tommy Can You Hear Me Now?

April 27, 2006

Nextel of New York, Inc. conducted a crane test Monday, April 10, 2006 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM to demonstrate the visual impact of a proposed wireless telecommunications facility—consisting of a 140 foot monopole with antennas attached and related equipment at its base—next to the salt storage shed located at the southern end of the Croton Harmon train station parking lot, part of Veteran’s Plaza.

Option: Download and watch this video clip of “Tommy Can You Hear Me Now?” (video transcript) from the Village Board meeting on April 17, 2006, in Quicktime format (1:17 min. | 1.68 mb).

Since the demonstration (see photo gallery), plans for two proposed personal wireless services facilities—one at Veteran’s Plaza and the other on top of the Stanley J. Kellerhouse Municipal Building—have moved on to Croton’s Planning Board, where on Tuesday, April 25 at 8:00 PM during a regularly scheduled meeting, members discussed the merits of hiring of consultants to assist the Village with the review of the wireless proposals.

Nextel Cell Tower Crane Demonstration

Like other neighboring communities that have been presented with wireless communication tower proposals from carriers, these two projects, currently under review, have drawn words of concern from some Croton residents. In particular, Trustee Thomas Brennan has—on several occasions during board meetings—expressed his reservations and at the same time urged residents who “feel strongly” to call the Village Manager and let him know “if you are for or against” the cell towers (see Quicktime video).

However, it is Village Manager Rick Herbek who—in an effort to achieve more reliable communication signals for municipal, fire and police departments—originally sought a proposal from Nextel of New York, the village’s wireless carrier. So far, it appears that Mr. Herbek has broad support among the rest of the Board of Trustees to continue moving this proposal forward.

Video transcription from April 17, 2006:

Trustee Ann Gallelli: “Many of you may have seen that the Nextel crane, the crane that was paid for by Nextel was in place last Monday. It was two days late due to the prior rainy weekend, but many people took pictures of it. I saw Gary (The Gazette) down there taking pictures. I was taking pictures. My personal observation was that it is visible, in some places, particularly the “Crossining” Bridge and St. Augustine’s Church in Ossining, looking down on it. But in many other areas, it is not visible at all.”

Trustee Thomas Brennan: “I also wanted to talk about the cell tower, the crane that was up down there. I didn’t get a chance to see it. I’m still waiting to see some pictures. Hopefully Ann said she has some and I can get a look at them. Whether you’re for that cell tower or not, send a letter in. Come in to see the Village Board. Write the Village Manager. Send an email. Pro or con. Let the people know. Because if you just let the five of us make a decision on whether that cell tower is gonna be here and you don’t want it here, your voice is really not being heard. Come out, let the Village Board know, let the Village Manager know how you feel—whether you want it or you don’t want it. The majority rules. Come out and let us know how you feel about that cell tower.”

Crotonblog thanks “full-time” Trustee Ann Gallelli (galleaj AT aol DOT com) for sending the pictures of the crane demonstration to us for use in our photo gallery.


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