WGXC-90.7 FM

Coxsackie approves cell tower with one protest vote against

Nov 17, 2023 12:33 pm

Tiffany Greenwaldt-Simon reports for Columbia-Greene Media that there will be better cell service soon on Farm-to-Market Road in Coxsackie after the town's planning board approved a new tower on Nov. 14. a silo. The 136-foot high tower will look like a silo, behing 20, 12-foot-high evergreen trees. Planning Board Chair Scott Fischer said the town code meant a cell tower is allowed to be built. Fischer said, “My vote is not for the cell tower.... My vote is that if we say no, we lose our destiny in what this cell tower is going to look like." The tower passed the planning board 5-1, with Gerald Bunting opposing all three resolutions that needed approval. He said he was lodging a protest vote, and said, “The basis of our economy here is tourism, people come here for the scenery, they don’t come for the telecoms..... This is going to have a serious effect on property values, not just to the immediate residents, but residents further away because the overall value of the area is going to be negatively impacted. I understand why this needs to pass, but it can’t be unanimous.” Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.