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November 15, 2013

‘Pops, Patriots and Fireworks’

Pound Ridge/Scotts Corners

  1. Scotts Corner Market – Trinity Corners Shopping Center;  55 Westchester Avenue

  2. Pound Ridge Sunoco — 66 Westchester Avenue    

  3. Sam Parker Country Market — 257 Westchester Avenue    


Bedford Village

  1. Bedford Rexall Pharmacy — Hunting Ridge Mall; 424 Old Post Road  

  2. Village Green Deli — Village Green; Routes 22 and 172    

  3. Bedford Shell — Routes 22 and 172 (at blinking light); 848 So. Bedford Road

  4. Village Service Center —193 Pound Ridge Road (at Long Ridge Road intersection)    


Bedford Hills

  1. Bedford Hills Deli – 7 Babbitt Road    

  2. Bueti’s Deli – 526 Bedford Road (Route 117)


Katonah

  1. NoKA Joe’s – 25 Katonah Avenue    

  2. Steger’s Paper Mill – 89 Katonah Avenue    

  3. Katonah Pharmacy – Katonah Shopping Center; 294 Katonah Avenue   

  4. Bagel Shoppe – Katonah Shopping Center; 280 Katonah Avenue    

  5. Katonah Sunoco – 105 Bedford Road


Mount Kisco

  1. Teamo/Mt. Kisco News – 239 Main Street    


Cross River

  1. Bagel Boys Café – Cross River Shopping Center; Routes 121 and 35    

  2. Cross River Shell Station – Route 35    

  3. Cameron’s Deli –  890 Route 35    

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Cell tower’s up, so why don’t I have four bars?


By DON HEPPNER

When town residents look at the sky over the Pound Ridge Volunteer Ambulance Corps property, they see a cell tower. But cell phone users are finding that the tower is doing little to provide them service.

Residents using T-Mobile and AT&T as their wireless providers are still awaiting cell phone service in the Scotts Corners area. It was promised for late August of this year, after the tower’s installation.

“I have people calling like mad about this tower,” Pound Ridge building inspector Jim Perry said on Tuesday.

When asked this week about a timeline for service, Jimmy Schmits, project manager for Squan Solutions, one of the companies responsible for the construction of the tower and the placement of the antennas, said that one of the reasons for the delay is that the antennas needed to be hooked up to a land line, but a land line has not been available. “That tied our hands for weeks,” he said.

The delay in service is a mystery to Mr. Perry. “When people ask me when the tower is going to be done, I tell them that the last completion date I had was the end of August,” he said. “Clearly that is not good information.”

Mr. Perry said that a crew has been working on the tower, but he doesn’t know when service can be expected. “I can’t imagine with all the time they spent in the air on the tower why it is not completed,” he said.

AT&T was issued a stop work order in August, which could only account for a small part of the delay.

“There was a stop work order placed on AT&T because they did not have the proper permits, but that was resolved almost immediately when it took place a little over 10 weeks ago,” Mr. Perry said. “The day we lifted the stop order is the day they went back to work. I shut them down on a Wednesday and they were back working the following Tuesday.”

There was no stop work order against T-Mobile, he said.

When the AT&T public relations department was contacted on Monday, a representative was apparently unaware that the tower had already been erected. On Tuesday, when asked to estimate when service would be provided to their wireless customers, the AT&T representative replied via email: “Our local network team confirms we’ve proposed a 100-foot monopole cell site that looks like a telephone pole in Scotts Corner on Westchester Avenue. The new site will provide enhanced coverage for customers in the area, including Westchester Avenue, Trinity Pass Road and Lower Trinity Pass Road. We can’t yet say when it will be completed due to a variety of factors, including zoning etc.”

Mr. Perry said that he is not aware of any zoning issues associated with the tower or with AT&T’s application to house antennas on the tower, since both the tower and the antennas have been approved.

In Pound Ridge, a wireless service provider must co-locate on existing towers before that provider is allowed to apply for another tower in town. Neither Verizon nor other wireless carriers have applied to the building department to co-locate on the T-Mobile tower, according to Mr. Perry.

The Pound Ridge Volunteer Ambulance Corps receives about $2,300 per month in exchange for allowing the tower on its property.

The T-Mobile process has been a mystery to town officials and residents since the beginning. After three years of seeking approval to build a cell tower in Pound Ridge, T-Mobile become impatient and served a lawsuit on the town in December 2011.

The lawsuit asked Judge J.F. Motz of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York to review the record of T-Mobile’s application to erect the tower and declare T-Mobile entitled to approval and the special use permit issued by the town board.

Named in the lawsuit were the town’s planning board and its building inspector, Jim Perry, with T-Mobile asserting that the town and its boards had delayed the approval process.

After the approval of the application in early 2012, no steps were taken by T-Mobile to secure a building permit.

Mr. Schmits said that both T-Mobile and AT&T are now hooked up to land lines but both companies’ antennas need electric power and will need to be tested to ensure the tower is providing maximum coverage.

“T-Mobile is just about ready to go and AT&T shouldn’t be long after T-Mobile,” he said. “The only thing left for them is the testing of the antennas.”

When asked for a projected date for the towers to provide coverage, Mr. Schmits said,  “Everything is in motion.”


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