Last night's special Planning Board meeting began with chair Stephen Steim telling his colleagues that Verizon had denied the request for an extension, so they had to make a decision on the application at that meeting. Four and a half hours later, the only decision made was to have another special meeting tonight, Wednesday, June 23, at 5:00 p.m.
During the four and a half hours, Mike Muzzo, the technical consultant hired by the Planning Board to advise them on this application, reviewed the most recent tech memo he had submitted. Muzzo's presentation included these renderings of the building, showing the increase in height of a feature called the "penthouse" to conceal some of the antennas (first two images below) and showing the building from different directions with the antennas in place.
During the marathon meeting, the Planning Board also worked its way through the eighteen questions in Part 2 of the Full Environmental Assessment Form, answering yes to four of the items (9. Impact on Aesthetic Resources; 10. Impact on Historic and Archaeological Resources; 16. Impact on Human Health; 18. Consistency with Community Character) and no to the rest.
When the board was ready to begin its review of the resolution that had been prepared by Victoria Polidoro, the board's legal counsel, Planning Board member Clark Wieman said he had "significant issues" with the resolution that he wanted to discuss. At 10:30 p.m., after four and a half hours spent considering the items on the EAF, the board decided to come at the resolution fresh on another day. They agreed to have a special meeting to review and discuss the resolution and to vote on it on tonight, Wednesday, June 23, at 5:00 p.m. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.
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