Friday, 28 May 2010 00:00
I agree wholeheartedly with community leader Katie Seiden that Sea Cliff does not need or want cell towers. For some reason, the present board led by Mayor Bruce Kennedy does not seem to match the grit and determination displayed by the previous board of former mayor Eileen Krieb, which in 2006 banned all cell phone companies from considering Sea Cliff as a prospective site for their towers.
At the May 10 village board meeting, Mayor Kennedy answered dozens of questions from concerned residents about having a cell tower in their midst. Most of the audience of approximately 40 people were residents of the southernmost end of Sea Cliff, bounded by Altamont Avenue and Cromwell Place.
They are adjacent to the village recycling center, which has been a targeted place for a cell tower, first six years ago and during the present discussions on the subject.
Some of those residents were adamant that their neighborhood should not be the site of an unsightly cell tower, no matter how they are camoflagued as a flagpole or pine tree. They are also worried about the possible effects of radiation and other technological problems that have been connected to cell towers.
Government says there is no danger in having cell towers in residential locations. But not everybody is that confident in what the government has concluded, past or present.
Another site under discussion is the new water tower, the tallest structure in town. Those neighbors are protective of their Victorian homes as landmarks. As such, the village does have codes on the books that ban cell towers within a certain substantial amount of feet away from these landmark houses. It appears that could count out the area bounded by Eighth, Roslyn, Main and 10th Avenues.
Of course, as in any drastic change in a community, the argument called NIMBY (not in my backyard) will rear its ugly head. And neighbors and friends around town will argue their case, to the animosity of all.
We don’t need that kind of atmosphere in quiet and refined Sea Cliff.
So we’re back to Square One in the Anatomy of Cell Towers 101. We need a brave and conscientious stand by our mayor and trustees to follow the will of the citizens of Sea Cliff. No one seems to be defending any need for cell towers in our village. So our elected officials should take that as a mandate against them.