Subdivision status disputed for proposed cell tower construction site.

Last updated: April 30. 2013 12:20AM - 3983 Views
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HARVEYS LAKE - The borough planning commission Monday night tabled a company’s request to build a 195-foot cellphone tower.

That decision came after attorney Eric Goldman, who represents X Cell, the tower company, and Mario Calabretta, X Cell’s engineer, disagreed with commission member Michael Dziak about the status of the area where the tower is to be built. Dziak and Penn Eastern engineer Daryl Pawlush challenged X Cell’s representatives, who said the area is not required to be labeled as a subdivision. Dziak was also concerned about the property owner’s Clean and Green status if the tower is placed on the property. Dziak said the county will not issue a separate number for tax purposes if the area is not a subdivision, leaving the property owner responsible for the taxes.

X Cell wants to lease a 100-foot-by-100-foot area of property off Cliff Street. The actual area to be used for the tower is 50 feet by 50 feet, with room to expand if other providers decide to join in with the anchor provider, AT&T. Attorney Mark McNealis has said he will research whether the area is legally considered a subdivision. After McNealis determines the land’s status, the commission will meet with Goldman and Calabretta in order to grant the application to work on the property.

Lakeside Drive resident Mary Ann Tarantini is not pleased with the potential plans.

“This is a beautiful area and we don’t want to see these things around” Tarantini said. “The neighbors want to keep the beauty.”

The planning commission’s next meeting is May 15.

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