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Monday, June 30, 2014

Cell towers don’t belong in neighborhoods

Letter to the Editor

A letter to Merrimack and surrounding towns’ residents concerning cellular tower construction in residential neighborhoods.

Your zoning board is considering a petition to allow construction of a 150-foot cellular tower disguised as a pine tree in a residential zoned neighborhood with adjacent wetlands at 121 Joppa Road in Merrimack. Cellular companies are allowed by law to construct additional towers if they meet certain criteria. If this tower is approved it will lead to additional construction in Merrimack and surrounding towns. If you value your neighborhood as a place that should not have commercial structures on a residential zoned lot, please help us show our zoning board that we care about proper community development. AT&T Cellular cites that there are 15 streets in this area where AT&T subscribers have no service. If you are an AT&T cellular subscriber or a concerned resident, please go to the website www.121joppard.com and read the petition to see what this is about and if you are affected. If you are a subscriber on one of these streets and have cellular service, or are concerned about this petition, we need your support at the Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting on Wednesday July 30 at 7 p.m., on the second floor of the old courthouse adjacent to the Town Hall. Local residents have verified that all 15 streets currently do have AT&T cellular service. There is no need to construct this tower by variance when there is commercial property available elsewhere in town that could serve this area. Trees in this area approach 75-80 feet in height and the tower would be at least 70 feet higher, somewhat unsightly, and a potential ground rod for attracting lightning strikes. ...

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A letter to Merrimack and surrounding towns’ residents concerning cellular tower construction in residential neighborhoods.

Your zoning board is considering a petition to allow construction of a 150-foot cellular tower disguised as a pine tree in a residential zoned neighborhood with adjacent wetlands at 121 Joppa Road in Merrimack. Cellular companies are allowed by law to construct additional towers if they meet certain criteria. If this tower is approved it will lead to additional construction in Merrimack and surrounding towns. If you value your neighborhood as a place that should not have commercial structures on a residential zoned lot, please help us show our zoning board that we care about proper community development. AT&T Cellular cites that there are 15 streets in this area where AT&T subscribers have no service. If you are an AT&T cellular subscriber or a concerned resident, please go to the website www.121joppard.com and read the petition to see what this is about and if you are affected. If you are a subscriber on one of these streets and have cellular service, or are concerned about this petition, we need your support at the Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting on Wednesday July 30 at 7 p.m., on the second floor of the old courthouse adjacent to the Town Hall. Local residents have verified that all 15 streets currently do have AT&T cellular service. There is no need to construct this tower by variance when there is commercial property available elsewhere in town that could serve this area. Trees in this area approach 75-80 feet in height and the tower would be at least 70 feet higher, somewhat unsightly, and a potential ground rod for attracting lightning strikes.

Daniel & Anne Szymanowski

Merrimack