Residents file court appeal to block cell tower in Union

Posted Dec. 03, 2013, at 11:03 a.m.

UNION, Maine — Nine residents have gone to court to block the placement of a cell tower here.

The nine — who call themselves the Union Committee for Protective Ordinances — argue that the planning board failed to follow the town’s ordinance that regulates wireless communication towers. The group also claims that the zoning board of appeals abused its discretion when it denied the citizens’ appeal.

Elizabeth Burke, Jennifer Langley, Douglas Hamill, Susan Hamill, Brian Hilt, Sharon Osborne, Theodore Keller, Jennifer Brooks and Hank Walker filed the appeal Monday in Knox County Superior Court.

At issue, is a 190-foot communications tower proposed by Bay Communications II LLC, which wants to erect the structure on Mount Pleasant Road on property it is leasing from Glenn Burgess.

The planning board held meetings in April, May and July on the matter before approving the proposal on July 25. The residents then appealed to the town’s appeals board which rejected the challenge on Oct. 31.

The group is represented by attorney Jed Davis.

Union Town Manager Jay Feyler said the town has not yet seen the court appeal and therefore could not comment on it.

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