Town Of Walton Suing Village Over Cell Tower

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Nov 13, 2007 at 7:22 PM EDT

The Town of Walton is suing the Village of Walton over a cell phone tower.

People want the new tower for service.

There's an awful lot of talking going on in normally quiet Walton.

The buzz is about this, a cell phone tower.

It's standing right in the middle of the village.

Originally, it was supposed to look like a flag pole.

"I personally would wish that the flagpole would go up, the way it was supposed to go up," says Mayor of Walton Ed Snow.

The Town of Walton put up the Tower.

While the concept was a flag pole, it was later determined that the design would not allow for enough service providers.

But, the Town never notified the village of the change to taller structure.

Village Mayor Ed Snow ordered the Town of Walton to stop construction.

"We are not against cell towers, we are for communication. This is the future, we need to have it up in the rural areas like we are. It's just that nobody's above the law, we have certain procedures that have to be followed, and everybody should follow them," says Snow.

Snow says he's heard from hundreds of village residents, and understands their concerns too.

The overwhelming majority of Walton residents are actually in favor of completing the structure.

They see it not only as a matter of convenience, but also as an opportunity for local growth.

They feel that the town and village should resolve their differences, and listen to what the people want.

"I just hope that they can resolve this and get it done and get the thing up and functional so that we can get some more carriers on it and it's a revenue for the community," says Dan Hodges of Walton.

The tower has been sitting idle for 3 months.

Now its up to the court to decide if it has to come down.

Acting State Supreme Court Judge Michael Coccoma will hear arguments on Friday in Delhi.

The Town of Walton and PNS Constructions are seeking to have the stop work order thrown out.

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