Government

Verizon Wireless Denied Cell Antenna Variance for Chatham Township Pine Street Location

Tony Vivona, chairman of the board of adjustment, tells Verizon attorney Frank Ferraro that a permanent cell tower behind Gloria Dei Lutheran Church would be welcome Credits: TAP Chatham
08d3b3f5c0cf53e2f679_bb8bf2fa061a298c5696_JonWeston.JPG
Board of Adjustment member Jon Weston had a list of objections to the Verizon application Credits: TAP Chatham
b5576d45c07a0b60c209_e8adc00ab354b319eaba_DSCN2066.JPG
Pine Street residents brought this sign with them for the meeting Credits: TAP Chatham
497e01abb78c1f4d5ef9_1e848d156fc0631cc042_DSCN2067.JPG
Frank Ferraro, representing Verizon Wireless, make his case before the vote Credits: TAP Chatham
c39606ff1713661c475e_Romano.JPG
Board member Tina Romano gives her reasons for denial before the vote Credits: TAP Chatham
08d3b3f5c0cf53e2f679_bb8bf2fa061a298c5696_JonWeston.JPG

CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Township Board of Adjustment voted, 4-3, Thursday night to deny the application by Verizon Wireless that would allow for cell antennas to be placed on a PSE&G eletrical tower on Pine Street.

During discussion before the vote was taken, board chairman Tony Vivona (see video) made it clear that he would welcome Verizon building a permanent, taller tower behind Gloria Dei Lutheran Church on Shunpike Road.

The temporary tower behind Gloria Dei had been used by AT&T, which is moving to a permanent location on a PSE&G electrical tower off of Shunpike.

Sign Up for E-News

Voting to deny the variances needed to place the cell antennas in the residential neighborhood on Pine Street were: Vivona, Jon Weston, Tina Romano and Greg Borsinger.

Borsinger asserted that he did not believe that "due diligence was done" by Verizon in finding another suitable spot, such as the Gloria Dei location, which already had been approved by the board to temporary use.

Voting against denying the application were Rick Williams, Michael Hyland and John C. Hurring Jr.

Williams expressed frustration that it was a no-win situation for Chatham Township, which has faced extended legal battles after a similar decision to deny variances for cell antennas in a residential neighborhood.

"If we turn this down, we will lose (in court)," Williams said. "This is very hard. I understand that opposition is strong in the neighborhood, but we will lose if this goes to appeal."

In October of 2014, the Chatham Township Board of Adjustment denied AT&T's variance application to attach cell antennas to the NJ American Water Tower on Buxton Road. The township initially won judgement that its denial was appropriate when AT&T took it to Morris County Superior Court. But the same judge later reversed himself and the case is still in litigation in Appellate Court.

Frank Ferraro, attorney for Verizon, declined to comment on whether Verizon will appeal the decision by the board. Verizon has 45 days to make its appeal.

Frank Ferraro, Verizon attorney, makes his summation before the vote on Thursday

Board member Jon Weston lists his reservations about Verizon's plan before the vote

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Berkeley Heights

Logic and Sensible Spending Take Priority

May 24, 2018

Logic.  It's what people use when endeavoring to complete things in the most sensible order.  Everyone knows that "logic" means sequencing events in a formulaic, predictable manner.  We learned this at a young age, as we observed Star Trek on TV and came to understand why Captain James T. Kirk relied on Spock as his first officer because his strategic plans were ...

I will draw on my experience to deliver a great future for Berkeley Heights

I am impressed with the day-to-day leadership of our Mayor and Town Council and I hope to help them continue to do great work. As I have been doing my research since deciding to run for a seat on our Town Council, I have learned a few things about all the work that has been happening in recent years.  For example, while plans for the Stratton House development were recently announced, our ...

Christopher Rinaldi for Town Council - Leadership, Judgement, Experience

My name is Christopher Rinaldi.  As a long-time member of the Republican Party, I am running in the Republican Primary on June 5th for Township Council and Republican Municipal Committee of Berkeley Heights.

As a follow-up to my Candidate Statements from the last two weeks, I would like to share with you a few areas of direct work experience garnered over the past 25 years that I believe ...

How the Holi Color Festival Came to Summit; Event Planner Shares Her Story

May 21, 2018

Back in India, Holi was a holiday observed by almost all states. The holiday would be declared at all educational institutes and offices. It's a two day spring festival also known as the festival of colors. The festival signifies the victory of good over bad, the arrival of spring with the fragrance of flowers in the air and aura of warmth and happiness.

Holi festival is the time ...

Rain Didn't Dampen Our Vision for Art in the Park

The rain did not dampen our vision for Art in the Park!! Columbia Middle School was transformed into an art paradise, filled with an array of artists whose talents are nothing short of magical! The Peppertown Park Art in the Park Committee would like to thank all of the artists who came to our very first Art in the Park event. We are in awe of your creativity and immeasurable talents! You all ...

Gov. Livingston Hilltop Players Host Annual Relay Cabaret, May 31

May 24, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Governor Livingston Hilltop Players will be hosting their annual Relay Cabaret at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 31 in the GL cafeteria. It is a night of songs, scenes, monologues, and dances from famous plays and musicals. We ask for donations at the door, and all funds raised will go to Relay for Life in the memory of our beloved technical director, Kenneth ...

Mindfulness Meditation Session Begins Program on Nutrition at New Providence Library

Dr. Kavita Kewalramani, a board certified Internist at K Primary Care and Medical Nutrition Center in New Providence, will start with a short mindfulness meditation session, followed by the latest research on how mindful nutrition helps to improve your health and weight. Dr. K will also share a recipe for healthy protein bites which will be sampled by the audience, and discuss her weight loss ...

Amazon’s Career Choice program wins “Community Excellence” award

EDISON, NJ - Amazon’s Career Choice program recently received the “Community Excellence” award from the New Jersey Community College Consortium for its impact on the local community.

Steven Johnson, Amazon’s Director for Associate Development, was on hand to accept the award and lead a panel discussion on how the program provides trained, motivated employees for ...

Michelle Greco: The Logical Choice

Credentials and Expertise.  These are basic qualities that any headhunter, supervisor, manager, or hiring partner demands when looking for a new work colleague to bring on board.  

It comes as no surprise, then, that the Berkeley Heights Republican Municipal Committee (RMC) engaged in the same analysis and looked for these essential criteria to fill Republican ...

Fallout Continues from Lawsuit Against Mountainside; Police Chief on Administrative Leave

May 19, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Police Chief Allan Attanasio is the latest member of the police department to suffer repercussions from a complaint filed against the borough on May 11.  Attanasio, who is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit, was “placed on administrative leave,” on Thursday by Borough Administrator and former Police Chief James Debbie, said  Lt. Joseph ...

Video Shows School Board Member In Altercation With Police at Traffic Stop in South Orange

May 16, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Maplewood School Board Member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad got into an altercation with a South Orange police officer who stopped her for speeding last month, in which she used profanity, complained when she was issued a ticket and called South Orange Police Chief Kyle Kroll “a skinhead cop.”

Lawson-Muhammad also appeared to suggest that she would ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, May 24, 9:30 AM

Junior League of Summit Thrift Shop, Summit

Here Comes Summer! Junior League of Summit Thrift ...

Giving Back Green

Fri, May 25, 9:30 AM

Junior League of Summit Thrift Shop, Summit

Here Comes Summer! Junior League of Summit Thrift ...

Giving Back Green

Sat, May 26, 9:00 AM

Miller-Cory House Museum, Westfield

Aunt Carrie's Attic Sale

Giving Back Other

Sat, May 26, 11:00 AM

Home For Good Dog Recue, Berkeley Heights,

Dog Adoption

Other

Sat, May 26, 2:00 PM

New Providence

Memoir Writing Workshops @ NPML

Arts & Entertainment

Thu, May 31, 11:30 AM

Canoe Brook Country Club, Summit

Fortnightly Club Scholarship Luncheon

Food & Drink Giving Back

The Evaluation of the College Search

It’s is a bizarre time of year as a college counselor as I find myself at both the beginning and end of this process.  Sophomores and juniors are excitedly and idealistically starting to consider what will be important to them in a school.  At the same time, while only separated by a year or two, my seniors have all committed within the past month to a school and have spent the ...

Don’t Make These Three Mistakes About Social Security

Social Security has been around for decades and it’s not about to disappear. Why? Social Security is not an entitlement ("gift") that can be taken away - it’s a forced savings scheme that Americans pay into in their working years in order to secure a pension for life. Ideally, Social Security should not be your sole source of income in retirement but even comfortable ...