Proposed cell-phone tower in Hastings raising safety concerns

The plan to build a cell-phone tower in Hastings garnered some serious concerns from local residents at a village planning board meeting last night.

Residents say that they're upset that T-Mobile, a cell-phone provider, wants to build its 35-foot tower atop a Saw Mill River Road storage facility because some feel it could affect the way the community is perceived from the outside, which could affect the local economy. "There will be buyers who will choose not to purchase our home due to the proximity of this pole," Hastings resident Laura Hertz said last night. Planning committee officials say they understand the community's concerns, but under the federal telecommunications act, they can't factor people's health fears as part of their approval process.

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