Proposed Cell Tower: Not in Their Backyards

By Erika Mahoney

December 4, 2012 Updated Dec 5, 2012 at 11:14 AM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) For nearly every Johnson City resident living on Deyo Hill Road, having a cell tower intrude their backyards could have meant a serious consideration to move out.

Several Deyo Hill Road residents showed up at the Johnson City Village Board meeting to stand up and speak out against a possible contract renewal that could have put the construction of a cell tower on the fast track.

Before an anxious audience, Johnson City Village Trustees took it to a vote and unanimously said "no" to extend their lease agreement with AT&T.

In the agreement, AT&T proposed building the cell tower on Deyo Hill Road primarily to increase cell reception at Johnson City High School and the Family Sports Complex.

Before the meeting, Action News headed up to Deyo Hill to speak with neighbors on their thoughts about the cell tower.

Families said the tower would have been dangerous and an eyesore.

"If there was a cell tower in our neighborhood, I would be extremely disappointed," said long time resident Bob Zielewicz. "I feel we live in a residential area that is not an industrial type of place, where a cell tower might not be appropriate."

After the vote, Zielewicz thanked the board for listening to his and his neighbors' concerns. He said he hopes AT&T won't find a way to draft an entire new contact.