BALLSTON SPA – There’s an “urgent need” for more volunteers to help deliver food to local seniors, according to county officials. [Read more…]
GREENFIELD–The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two-car accident around 7 p.m.Sunday evening that left a Gansevoort man uninjured and a Malta teen in crtical condition.
Caterina A. Cappa, 17, was taken by ambulance to an area hospital from the intersection of Middle Grove and Lester Park roads where it is alleged she was traveling north on Lester Park Road and failed to stop at a stop sign. Cappa’s 1998 Honda Civic struck a Jeep Wrangler operated by Ralph W. Flewelling, 24, of Gansevoort, who was heading east on Middle Grove Road. Flewelling was not injured.
The investigation into the collision is continuing.
SARATOGA COUNTY — Mark J. Welden, 46, of the Robin Hood Hotel, Rm. 14, Ballston Spa, has been arrested by the New York State Police in Greenfield on multiple charges. Welden has been charged with the following: aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child, a class E felony; two counts of driving while intoxicated, both are misdemeanors; reckless driving, a misdemeanor; two counts of reckless endangerment, both class A misdemeanors; and two counts of reckless endangerment of a child, both class A misdemeanors.
BY PATRICIA OLDER
The hotly contested cell phone tower proposed for Greenfield Avenue in Milton seems to have stalled, again. The developers of the tower, Skyway Towers, LLC, failed to address certain State Environmental Quality Review issues at the last two planning board meetings. To be on October’s agenda, they would have needed to submit the necessary paperwork by yesterday afternoon. A SEQR determines if the cell tower will have any negative impacts on the land and is required by governmental bodies, such as the town of Milton.
At the July planning board meeting, the scheduled public hearing for the cell tower was delayed after board members did not feel some SEQR issues had been properly addressed.
“I think at this time that we have to table the application,” said planning board chairman, Keith Leal, admitting there were a lot of people present and wanting to talk, but that if they allowed that, it would force the board to possibly take action before they were ready. “I’m in a tough spot. I know we have a lot of people that want to speak tonight, but if I open this public hearing, I’m forced to, within 62 days, to take action on this application.”
“I think what we need to do is get all of our I’s dotted and T’s crossed, get all of the information into us by the submission date and then allow the board to evaluate all of that,” he said.
As of press time, the developer had not submitted the necessary paperwork to be on the October agenda.
This is the second time the application for the cell tower may fall through. The company, Skyway Towers, had filed in 2008, but let the application expire after gaining board approval and permits. Attorney Matthew Kerwin, representing Skyway, said it was due to economics and bad timing.
“We were here back in 2008, [and] we sought and received approval for a 150’ cell tower in the same location,” said Kerwin. “The market went south, as did T-Mobile’s construction budget. The site never got built and the permit expired.”
While the tower may have garnered earlier acceptance, this new proposal, which is asking for the same approvals and permits as the original project, is meeting with greater residential resistance.
At the July planning board meeting, neighboring residents of Ed Loya’s scrap yard, where the tower will be built, showed up protesting the cell tower. Many questioned the affect the tower would have on property values, the possible decline in quality of life and aesthetics of the tower.
While Kerwin had tried to alleviate some fears at that meeting, he told residents lights were not required on towers under 200.’ But, at the August planning board meeting, attorney Jeff Davis, standing in for Kerwin, said the tower can be even taller than 150 feet before the Federal Aeronautics Administration weighs in.
“The application is for a monopole cell tower of 150 feet …” said Davis at the meeting. “…in this location the tower can go to 161 feet before the FAA considers it an obstruction. The FAA would not require a light based on a height of 150 feet.”
Nevertheless, residents still voiced their concern to board members things could change, as they did with the cell tower on Sodeman Road. The original owners of the tower did not install a light, but when the tower changed hands, a light was then installed.
“As far as lighting goes that will be determined by the FAA” said Kerwin, adding the FAA does not give much wiggle room when it came to such matters.
“We’re obligated to comply with FAA. We’re almost a mile from the airport, we’re not in the runway paths,” said Kerwin, explaining the cell tower actually lies between the X of the runways. “We’re between the X’s and the surveys and maps that were provided [for the application process] were considered as prior determination in 2008.”
Kerwin did not return calls by press time.
The next planning board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m.