Written by Elizabeth Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday, 16 October 2013 14:04Munsey Park and Flower Hill residents awoke to the sound of trees being cut this past weekend, never thinking that this sound was destined to raise a behemoth tower in their backyard.
Local residents were horrified to see this looming tower spring up over the Columbus Day weekend and immediately contacted the Manhasset Press.
“We, the residents, didn’t know about this,” said Mark Shackell, who lives on Eakins Road. “We’re quite disturbed.”
The radio tower, which looms aver 180 feet in the air, stands next to the Munsey Park Water Tower, which is situated between the incorporated villages of Munsey Park and Flower Hill. The tower is being constructed by H2M. It is a result of the Manhasset Lakeville Water and Fire District installing a signal tower to support dispatching of emergency first responders to the Manhasset Lakeville Fire District. The fire district covers several communities, including Manhasset, Great Neck, and New Hyde Park. No notification was given regarding the construction of the tower by the water district or the Village of Munsey Park.
“This is going to devalue our homes and it’s going to be a political monster, ” cried a furious resident who lives in sight of the new tower but declined to give her name. “All the taxes we pay and what are we getting from these officials?”
On Tuesday, Oct. 15, the day after the tower was erected, a dozen angry residents showed up at the Manhasset Lakeville Water District’s board meeting to question the lack of notification. Water Board officials responded that they notified officials of the surrounding villages in April. Look for more details on this breaking story in the next Manhasset Press.