Written by Elizabeth Johnson Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:00
Responding to an uproar from angry residents, on Tuesday, Oct. 29, Manhasset Lakeville Water District officers voted unanimously to pass a resolution sponsored by Chairman Donald O’Brien to remove the radio tower constructed two weeks ago next to the water tower in Munsey Park. The radio tower, intended to improve communication among police and first responders, will come down sometime in November or December.
Manhasset residents gathered at the Water District offices at 170 East Shore Rd. to protest the erection of the radio tower, which happened over the Columbus Day weekend when some nearby homeowners were out of town. Residents hearing trees being cut down thought the work was related to clean-up after Superstorm Sandy.
The radio tower was not fully operational when residents of nearby Munsey Park and Flower Hill with homes near the site realized it had been put up — without any notification of the community. Irate homeowners leapt into action, vocally expressing their vigorous opposition, both to the water board as well as local mayors and other elected officials, including Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio, Senator Jack Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel.
Under pressure, officials devised a less obtrusive alternative that will enable improved radio communications. The water district stated the water tower had been scheduled to be replaced in a few years. It will now be replaced sooner and the new antenna will be placed atop the new water tower.