The Lower Nazareth Board of Supervisors Wednesday evening told a township resident highly opposed to a cell phone tower being built on township land located adjacent to her backyard that it no longer wanted to hear complaints because the matter has been closed.
Supervisor Chair James Pennington and Supervisor Eric Nagle said they were tired of listening to the same complaints from Mulberry Drive residents concerning the board's approval of a 165-foot monopole Verizon cell phone tower on township land bordering homes comprising The Fields at Trio Farms development.
Mulberry Drive resident Tammy Kenny apologized to the board for becoming "a bit too passionate" on the matter at the supervisors' Aug. 24 meeting and sincerely asked for its reconsideration primarily because of the tower's effect on property values.
"I'm also passionate about what I do, but I don't like to get belittled," said Nagle following his acceptance of Kenny's apology.
Pennington said at this point he didn't know if anything could be done about the board's decision to approve the tower for which it will receive $2,000 monthly from Verizon communications services.
He also mentioned after checking with the township's solicitor Gary Asteak of Easton, all the necessary steps were followed to the letter regarding the township's approval of the tower.
"Our role was to ensure this was done properly and it was," said Pennington.
Kenny and her neighbors said the builder of her development claims they were never were aware of an impending cell tower in their neighborhood.
" We've lost a lot of money here with regard to the value of our homes unless we can prove the builder was aware beforehand, " Kenny replied to the supervisors.
She said she and her neighbors have lost their trust and confidence in the supervisors and it will take much for it to be regained.
"I feel very let down now especially after moving back to the area after living in New Jersey for 22 years," she said. She added she was highly disappointed with the board and the way in which it operates. And the only question that remained was, "Why?"
In other business, the supervisors presented an award for over 20 years of distinguished service to the community by the Colonial Regional Police Department. Accepting on behalf of his force was Chief of Police Ray Seiple, who was grateful for the recognition from the township.