Tonight, in a special meeting, the Planning Board gave site plan approval to Verizon to install communications antennas on Providence Hall at 119 Columbia Street.
When it came time to vote on the resolution, Theresa Joyner voted no, reminding her colleagues that not one member of the public had spoken in favor of the proposal. Speaking to the community, Joyner said, "Your long and strong opposition is not being ignored by me." Apparently addressing visitors, she said, "So what if you don't have service. You can live with that." Laura Margolis also voted no, arguing that it was inappropriate to install wireless equipment in a residential neighborhood. The other five members of the Planning Board--John Cody, Gene Shetsky, Larry Bowne, Clark Wieman, and Steim--voted in favor in the resolution. After voting, Bowne observed, "All this hard work has done a great service to the community." He expressed his unhappiness with the applicant, asserting that the shot clock had run out because Verizon had not responded to their requests in a timely fashion, and commended Joyner for her "eloquence and conviction."
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