Apparently, the Philipstown Town Board is committed to accepting a settlement agreement from Homeland Towers and Verizon to build a cell tower on Vineyard Road. We have been to every hearing and meeting on this issue, and we wish to sum up what we have learned.
After in-depth investigation and a multitude of hearings, the Zoning Board and the Conservation Board both said no to this tower. Their decisions are being ignored. We were under the impression their conclusions would be respected and adhered to.
There is no evidence of need for this tower. Philipstown already has 11 towers, and gaps in service are extremely rare.
For almost a year, the Town Board was represented by a lawyer who would not support our motion to intervene in the case.
The most recent balloon test was conducted during full summer foliage that covers up most of the tower. In winter, without leaves, it would be much more visible.
On a personal note, three local real-estate agents have warned us to expect a 30 percent drop in home values for the neighbors of this tower.
The builders and operators of the tower will not accept responsibility for damage done to our road by their construction and maintenance vehicles.
All of this is due to the selfishness of one man who will be leasing his land for the tower, selling out neighbors and (former) friends.
The Town Board says the tower is for the good of the town, but why? Who benefits? Everyone who cared enough to attend meetings was opposed to the tower.
Philipstown has the right to take this issue before a judge and there is little to lose by doing so. We have devoted almost two years to this issue — why stop now, before we finally have a chance to make our case?
Neighbors to the proposed tower can be accused of practicing NIMBY (Not in My Backyard). But the cell-tower companies are trying to make big bucks on many new towers with 5G technology, which requires smaller towers, right around the corner. Vineyard Road will not be the last tower in Philipstown. This decision will affect all of us soon, if not now.
If residents are at all concerned about the outcome, or about the way this issue has been handled, the Philipstown Town Board is planning to approve the settlement agreement on Wednesday, July 24, during a meeting at Town Hall, 238 Main St., in Cold Spring, that begins at 7:30 p.m.
Cali and Roger Gorevic, Philipstown