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ZBA permit hearing for Shelburne cell tower scheduled for Thursday

SHELBURNE — The town Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing Thursday night to consider a special permit for New Cingular Wireless, doing business as AT&T Mobility, to build a commercial radio service facility and tower on land owned by Hager’s Farm Market Realty, at 69 Colrain Shelburne Road.

The public hearing starts at 7:30 p.m. in the selectmen’s meeting room in Memorial Hall. The proposal is for a 100-foot-tall monopole, which would improve cell phone reception along the Mohawk Trail in Shelburne Center and on Colrain Book Road, according to Kim Hager.

Meanwhile Jonathan Mirin and his wife, Godelieve Richard, of Colrain-Shelburne Road have started a petition and letter-writing campaign to oppose the tower, saying there are health hazards from constant exposure to wireless radiation, and that the tower would mar the scenic area — possibly affecting property values of surrounding properties.

In 2008, before the Hager family bought the former apple orchard, the property had been considered for a proposed slaughterhouse — an idea that also raised opposition from neighbors.

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