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T-Mobile Cell Tower Lease Up for Committee Discussion

The Chatham Township Committee meets Thursday.

The Chatham Township Committee may discuss the possibility of putting a temporary cellular tower at Esternay Field when they meet Thursday.

T-Mobile previously entered into an agreement with a resident of River Road to place their temporary cell tower on residential property, but the exact location was in a conservation easement.

Neighbors objected vehemently at the committee's August meeting, and the Chatham Township Committee decided T-Mobile needed to find a different site.

At the Sept. 13 meeting, . "It's graded and flat," he said.

The tower will be a 150-ft. monopole located in an enclosed area of about 30 ft. by 30 ft., similar to the tower now located near Colony Pool. "They said it's the only way to get the service coverage area they need," Woodward said.

However, one township resident has already written a Letter to the Editor to Chatham Patch expressing her concerns about the tower and encouraging others to join her in discouraging the committee from allowing it at Esternay.

T-Mobile, along with AT&T, have cell towers located on top of existing PSE&G utility towers within Chatham Township. During PSE&G's North Central Reliability Project, the mobile companies needed to find alternative temporary cell tower locations so their customers do not experience any loss of service in the area.

Both companies have entered into previous agreements with the township to construct temporary cell towers in town. One, located near Colony Pool, put the gravel lot of the pool off-limits for residents. The lot is often used as for overflow parking at Chatham High School.

The second tower is located next to the Chatham Township Municipal Building.

The Chatham Township Committee meets at 7:30 p.m. at the township municipal building. A full copy of the agenda is attached to this article.

Duncan Munchkin September 27, 2012 at 01:40 PM
T-Mobile actually has a television commercial that shows how they are systematically going throughout the country tearing down playgrounds and polluting the landscape with cell towers. You've probably seen it...the one with the woman on the motorcycle... "One, two, Kalamazoo; three, four, Jersey Shore ...(a bunch more rhyming and then it ends with)...Thirty-five thousand and twenty three...Puget Sound and Miami." So Chatham Township will be Thirty-five thousand and twenty-four....let's see, what word will they rhyme with FOUR that implies giving up a piece of yourself in exchange for dirty money? Watch the ad here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0eML7aphSc
Biff September 27, 2012 at 06:21 PM
The Township Committee vote on the Cell Tower vs. Families/Playground will be very telling. Bailey and Nicole will undoubted claim that they want to avoid litigation, but in reality cell companies like T-Mobile seek the path of least resistance and there are many examples of Towns like ours that have stood up to them and said “no”. T-Mobile has plenty of other options, don’t let anything tell you otherwise. So, the prospect of the $3K a month is likely the true enticement for Bailey & Nicole. So now let’s consider the committee members who place a higher value on families, children and the environment, namely Kathy, Laura and Bob. We hope that you three will take a public stand for what is right and best for families and our open space. No doubt Bailey and Nicole will be serving up the pro cell tower Kool-Aid tonight, with some “threat of litigation” scare tactics thrown in for good measure. You three are no strangers to thinly veiled tactics like this, and we have faith that you will once again see through the smoke screen and be true to your conscience and moral grounding by voting against replacing the Esternay Playground with a 15 story cell tower.
Anonymous September 27, 2012 at 06:34 PM
This cartoon says it all http://obey-me.com/obey-me-controversy/

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