A special meeting of the Harveys Lake Planning Commission held April 29 ended with plans to build a 195 foot cellphone tower in the borough being put on hold.
Attorney Eric Goldman, who represents X Cell, the tower’s company, and Mario Calabretta, X Cell’s engineer, were in disagreement with borough planning commission member Michael Dziak on the status of the area where the tower is to be built.
Dziak, along with 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 to be 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 x 100 foot area of property off Cliff Street in Harveys Lake Borough. The actual area to be used for the tower is 50 x 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 the issue of whether or not the area is legally considered a subdivision. After McNealis determines the land’s status, the commission will meet again with Goldman and Calabretta in order to grant the application to work on the property.
Lakeside Drive resident Andrea Payne was concerned about truck traffic during the construction process. Calabretta responded by saying the type of trucks that would pass through the area would be drilling rig and concrete trucks, not very large trucks, and the work would take about 4-6 weeks, depending on the weather.
Mary Jean Tarantini, another Lakeside Drive resident, is not pleased with the potential plans.
“This is a beautiful area and we don’t want to see these things (the cell phone tower) around,” Tarantini said. She added, “the neighbors want to keep the beauty…this is why we live here.”
Dave Tarantini expressed concern about property values being reduced as a result of the tower. He also asked why the tower was being constructed in Harveys Lake, to which Goldman replied that about “half of the borough does not receive adequate cell phone reception.”