Lewisboro community protests proposed cell tower near school

Lewisboro residents protested the location of a cell phone tower Saturday saying it's way to close to Meadow Pond Elementary School and they're concerned about the health effects.

The proposed cell phone tower would be located behind a church just off Route 123 in South Salem. While scientists are still testing the link between radiation and cell phones, the telecommunications industry claims their towers are safe. However many parents don't want to take that chance and they say a cell phone tower is not needed because their cell service is fine.

Protestors say the Steven Memorial United Methodist Church will be paid $30,000 a year from a cellular provider to have the tower built in their backyard. Church officials say they're being paid less than that and the money doesn't matter.

Before the cell tower is even approved it must go before a planning board and public hearings would follow.

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