Looks like T-Mobile will have to find another target for its planned cell tower in Greenwich.
The Cos Cob Archers on Wednesday night voted down a proposal for T-Mobile to lease part of its 23-acre property at 205 Bible St. to erect the tower. The spot was the latest to be shot down for the controversial project, which has led to protest from residents as well as parents who are worried about the health effects from their children's exposure to electromagnetic radiation.
While the tally was not available, a majority of the nonprofit archery club's 30 voting members decided not lease the property after the proposal met with strong opposition.
Dee Fletcher, a 20-year member of the Cos Cob Archers who serves as the organization's secretary, said she voted against exploring the lease with T-Mobile not because of property or safety issues. Fletcher, who lives in Stamford, said that she worried a lease agreement would affect the club's nonprofit status.
"I'm not in the political war with the cell phone issue at all," Fletcher said. "My personal opinion is that I want to protect the club as it is."
T-Mobile's initial proposal last year to build a tower in the form of an 80-foot flagpole on private property on Palmer Hill Road near North Mianus School angered neighbors and parents. Residents have also opposed placing it at the Montgomery Pinetum, also on Bible Street in Cos Cob.
The Representative Town Meeting on Monday night passed a resolution opposing construction of cell towers within 1,500 feet of schools. Though not legally binding, supporters of the resolution said it was important to take a stand.
First Selectman Peter Tesei told the RTM that the town is forming a task force to look at the broader issue of cell tower siting.
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