Mattapoisett Cell Towers and Wind Tur...

Mattapoisett Cell Towers and Wind Turbines

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Frank Haggerty

Mattapoisett, MA

#1 Jun 28, 2012

Mattapoisett residents want better cell phone reception, but are hesitant on tower location.By Jay Pateakos
Wicked Local Mattapoisett
Posted Jun 28, 2012 @ 06:00 PM

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But while certain parts of the town feel like a cell phone twilight zone, some residents aren’t quite ready to see a recently proposed 145-foot cell phone tower be built on residential land near Jane Lane anytime soon.

Mattapoisett Town Bylaw 10-1, which established a Telecommunications Facilities Overlay District in town more than a decade ago, forbids any type of cell phone tower from being built anywhere but Industrial Drive up to the Route 195 corridor. But Industrial Tower & Wireless LLC, looking to build a cell tower off Route 6, hopes to change the town’s mind. They’ve met in front of the town Planning Board a number of times already and recently conducted a balloon test, which took place from 1 to 5 p.m. on a weekday. However, Planning Board members have requested a second test that will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and occur over a weekend day to assure most people in town have the time to see it.

Kevin Delaney, Engineering and Regulatory Compliance Manager for Industrial Tower & Wireless, said the reason for the balloon test is to show the visual impact the site will have on the residents. The red balloon, which is 3-feet in diameter, will be hung by a fishing line to the height of the proposed 145-foot tower.

“The site has been surveyed, so we would just go to the exact spot of the tower and fly the balloon,” Delaney said.

While its been previously reported that the proposed tower will be located off of a residential area of Jane Lane, Delaney said the site of the tower is actually in back of Turk’s Restaurant off, located at 83 Marion Road (Route 6), with entrance to the site to the right of the seafood restaurant.

Brandt Island Road resident Frank Haggerty said the balloon test in Fairhaven prior the construction of wind turbines there did little to help residents visualize what they would actually be looking at. He doesn’t expect it prove much in Mattapoisett either. Haggerty said a balloon test done in Mattapoisett around 2005 showed the town that a commercial wind turbine would not impact residential areas in Mattapoisett, but what does that test even prove, he wondered.

“The residents of Mattapoisett should be thankful they did not end up like the people that live around the wind turbines in Fairhaven,” Haggerty said.“At one time, the two towns were in competition for which town would get the turbines first. Now look at them. Would anyone believe a balloon test now?”

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