On Dec. 11, on the morning before a scheduled evening informational meeting on the proposed cell phone tower, board members of Landmark LP voted against a contract with Cingular for a cell tower in the clock tower of Landmark on Main Street. Some members of the Landmark LP Board felt that there was sufficient concern about safety issues for the residents in the building and in the surrounding community given that cell towers are a new technology and there is uncertainty about their affects on human health.
After Cingular had approached the Landmark LP Board with an offer of $30,000 a year to install the cell phone tower, residents of the building became concerned. Also board members of the Children's Center worried about the exposure of the children to RF (radio frequency) radiation. Doug Wood of Grassroots Environmental Education, who along with Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington helped organize the informational meeting that was to take place at the library, said "We can't prove that constant exposure to low-level RF radiation causes human health problems, but based on what we know about the unique vulnerability of children and pregnant women to environmental exposures, we (and hundreds of researchers and scientists around the world) are very concerned. Anyone who says cell phone towers are safe is either naïve or misinformed. The fact is that scientific research on long-term exposures just hasn't been done yet, so no one can say with any certainty that they are safe."
Another concern said Roy Nelson, a Children's Center and PW School Board member, is that the community center activities could be compromised. A planned air conditioning unit for the gym would no longer fit in the attic if cell tower equipment were to be installed. He also felt there could be problems with the equipment used in the auditorium.
A study had been completed by Cingular saying there would be no safety problems, but the impartiality of the study's authors was questioned by Nelson. The study was to have been presented at the informational meeting that was cancelled because of Landmark LP board's decision not to take Cingular's offer. Jennifer Rimmer, executive director of Residents applauds their decision. "Landmark on Main Street is a community center that was built by the community and continues to be supported by the community through the organizations housed within the building," said Rimmer.