In a recent unanimous voting, the Hillsdale City Council approved a site plan for a new AT&T tower at the Fayette Street, even though the Planning Commission of the city and public shared mixed feelings about the decision. City Manager David Mackie said, “We have received letters of support and opposition to this.”
John Debacker, who serves the zoning board of appeals of the city, was the first person to speak about this issue. “I’m concerned with the location of the tower along the bike path and river,” he said. “It’s a bit of an eyesore.” On a similar note, a local resident said, “We live in a dead-zone. Speaking on eyesores, we have rail cars with graffiti in the immediate area. I don’t see where there would be an eyesore.”
However, some of the candidates for the Council this fall also spoke in favor of the location of the tower. One among them, Dennis Wainscott, said, “I am for the tower. I think it is well needed.” Another candidate from the Council, Ted Jansen, also stated that he is happy with the decision. Jansen even suggested the AT&T to build a small parking near the new tower for the individuals, who wants to use the nearby bike trails. “Perhaps put in a parking lot for maybe three cars so people could use the bike path instead of parking across the street in the grass,” he said.
On the other hand, Laura Smith who serves the planning commission of the city expressed her disappointment against the proposed location of new AT&T tower. However, she admitted that she is actually in favor of the tower but she is worried that the allotted location might not follow the master plan of the city. “The Planning Commission’s job is the master plan and to make sure the city is following the master plan. This is not the only location for this development,” Smith said. “Pausing for another month or two to reinvestigate for something that is going to be there for 100-years doesn’t seem like it’s that long of a time.”
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