UNION, Maine — Nine residents who had filed a court appeal in an effort to block the placement of a cell tower here are ending their effort.
A letter from one of the nine people was sent to the town last week, informing officials that they would be dismissing the appeal as soon as they could get the signatures of all nine members. The residents did not give a reason for their decision but said they wanted the town to know so that it does not spend any more time on the matter.
The nine — who called themselves the Union Committee for Protective Ordinances — argued that the planning board failed to follow the town’s ordinance that regulates wireless communication towers when it approved the project in July. The group also claimed that the zoning board of appeals abused its discretion when it denied the citizens’ appeal of the planning board’s approval.
Elizabeth Burke, Jennifer Langley, Douglas Hamill, Susan Hamill, Brian Hilt, Sharon Osborne, Theodore Keller, Jennifer Brooks and Hank Walker filed the appeal in December in Knox County Superior Court.
At issue, was 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.