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Fanwood Planning Board Approves Temporary Cell Tower

At the Nov. 28 Planning Board meeting, the temporary construction of a T-Mobile cell tower was approved.


At the Nov. 28 meeting of the Fanwood Planning Board, it was approved that the borough would allow the temporary construction of a T-Mobile cell tower at One South Avenue and Terrill Road.

According to TheAlternativePress.com, the cell tower will be 100 feet tall and be located in the Young Paint and Varnish Company’s parking lot.

On Oct. 10 the Scotch Plains Planning Board approved a similar cell tower construction, although Scotch Plains approved two towers rather than one.

The reason for the temporary construction of these towers is to maintain current cell service while PSE&G removes old towers for repairs. Currently, T-Mobile and AT&T house their phone lines atop PSE&G towers.

Each tower will be built to stand only temporarily and be able to be easily deconstructed within a two-year time frame.

Concerned Fanwoodian December 05, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Was there any advance notice given that this was going to be a topic at this meeting? With the hurricane and its aftermath, I could have missed it. However, as I live not too far away I would have liked to have at least attended the meeting.
Nicole Bitette December 07, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Hi Concerned Fanwoodian, I am not aware if there was advanced notice. Usually the borough doesn't post agendas for the meetings so it is hard to know. However, they might have mentioned it at the meeting previous to this one.
Concerned Fanwoodian December 10, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Hi Nicole: Thanks for following up on this. It boggles my mind that the Fanwood Planning Board would have a meeting to discuss/approve something as controversial as the building of a cell tower adjacent to a residential neighborhood and not provide the public with any advance notice of the topic in order to enable them to attend the meeting. Perhaps even more egregious is the fact that it appears that some of the immediate neighbors to the Young Paint property received their certified letters from the town advising of the cell tower proposal AFTER the planning board meeting.
MaryJane December 18, 2012 at 04:21 PM
How is it that the possible health effects of the radiation from these towers is not being put on the table? immune disorders, cancer, increased cortisone and more. http://citizensforsafetechnology.org/

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