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Debate delayed on cellphone tower in Merrimack

A conversation about the construction of a proposed cellphone tower in Merrimack has been delayed yet again, this time because of a missing zoning board member.

The petition before the Merrimack Zoning Board was tabled because there were only four out of the five members present. New Cingular Wireless is seeking an exception to the zoning ordinance in order to construct the tower at 121 Joppa Road, which is located in aquifer conservation and residential districts. ...

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A conversation about the construction of a proposed cellphone tower in Merrimack has been delayed yet again, this time because of a missing zoning board member.

The petition before the Merrimack Zoning Board was tabled because there were only four out of the five members present. New Cingular Wireless is seeking an exception to the zoning ordinance in order to construct the tower at 121 Joppa Road, which is located in aquifer conservation and residential districts.

Many opponents had come to the meeting to speak out against the proposed construction. An online Change.org petition opposing construction of the 150-foot tower garnered 154 supporters who do not want to see it in a residential district.

Reasons cited include an adverse effect on property values, health risks and the degradation of the area’s aesthetics.

The board tabled the petition last month after learning that some abutters hadn’t been properly notified of the meeting. There was an error on the applicant’s list of abutters that had left two names off the list.

– ROBERT MICHAELSON