Cell­phone tower con­tro­versy

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Ayer`s Cliff

There con­tin­ues to be a lot of con­cern by Ayer’s Cliff cit­i­zens over the erec­tion of a cell­phone tower in the town. A meet­ing was or­ga­nized by res­i­dents and took place at Ayer’s Cliff El­e­men­tary School last Sun­day. The pro­posed Videotron tower would pro­vide cell­phone ser­vice only. Bell and Vir­gin Mo­bile presently pro­vide cell­phone ser­vice in the com­mu­nity.

About sixty-five peo­ple at­tended the meet­ing, al­though no mem­bers of the town’s coun­cil, which fo­cussed on the pos­si­ble health risks as­so­ci­ated with liv­ing near a telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion tower. Pre­sent­ing in­for­ma­tion at the meet­ing were Dr. Guy Belle­mare, who holds a doc­tor­ate in bio­chem­istry, and April O’Don­ahue, the pres­i­dent of Bolton Her­itage, a group that has been fight­ing against the erec­tion of a telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion tower in Bolton East for a few years.

A pe­ti­tion to stop the tower from be­ing put up on Pierce Street, which has al­ready col­lected about two hun­dred sig­na­tures, is cir­cu­lat­ing around the town. The town coun­cil was ex­pected to vote on the is­sue dur­ing the March reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing but has post­poned this vote un­til the April meet­ing. Videotron has asked for a de­lay un­til mid-March 2016 to look at al­ter­na­tive lo­ca­tions.

Photo Mar­tine St-Ger­main

About sixty-five Ayer’s Cliff res­i­dents at­tended a meet­ing held at Ayer’s Cliff El­e­men­tary School last Sun­day to learn about pos­si­ble health risks as­so­ci­ated with telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion tow­ers.

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