Phone Tower Clears Hurdle

MOUNT DESERT — AT&T Mobility’s plan to build a cell phone tower off Pretty Marsh Road cleared its last local hurdle last Wednesday (Sept. 12) when the town’s zoning board of appeals rejected an appeal by property owners who live near the tower site.

“The planning board has done their work, and we have done our work, and we all know where this is headed – to court.” – Ernest Coombs

One of those property owners, Deborah Reed, said Tuesday that she and her neighbors, Doug and Diane Miller, have not yet decided whether to take their appeal to Maine Superior Court.

The town’s planning board approved AT&T’s application to build the tower three times between June 2011 and June 2012. Each time, Ms. Reed and the Millers appealed, claiming that the planning board had not adequately considered all of the relevant factors, as required by the land use zoning ordinance.

The appeals board upheld the first two appeals and sent AT&T’s application back to the planning board. But last week, the appeals board found no fault with the planning board’s latest consideration of the tower’s visual impact on nearby property owners.

“The planning board did exactly what we asked them to do,” appeals board member Jim Bright said. “I can’t see any errors in their review of the visual impact.”

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Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]