June 14, 2010 by Post Team
Pontiac:The communications company Vidéotron Quebec can still build a communications tower 82 meters in the municipality of Pontiac despite a board resolution opposing the tower project on a residential street.
Pontiac Mayor Eddie McCann said the council has rejected a proposed communications tower with 25 floors of Braun Road in Breckenridge. The tower was being built at the edge of a conservation area and bird sanctuary.
“We will not support the placement of a tower in that area, but will work with them to find a suitable location within the city limits,” said McCann. “They’re going to study other sites and to inform us about other places that serve them.
“Some people have health problems and are angry that is in the middle of a natural area. Do not like the idea of an additional commercial traffic in a good residential area.”
The citizen asked a spokesperson if the company Vidéotron build the tower despite opposition from residents and the board of Pontiac, but no one was available to answer the question.
McCann said the Industry Canada controls communications towers and there is nothing the city can do to stop one, but common practice is that the towers are not in areas where people do not want them. The mayor said Pontiac has proposed a tower in the Municipal Auditorium Luskville, on Highway 148.
“The kind of Vidéotron said there is no advantage for them in forcing the issue,” said McCann. “He said he would work to reach a solution that is appropriate for everyone.
“There was no public consultation before it came and it should have been.”
Industry officials in Canada said the department can decide on the location of communication towers when there is no agreement between a communications company and a local council.
Martin Swan, an 11-year-old who lives in Braun Road, wrote a letter to McCann, MP, Lawrence Cannon and Charlotte L’Ecuyer MNA saying he was worried that his dream is interrupted by the flashing light in the tower communications.
Braun Road resident James Riordan said residents could not understand how a high communications tower be built without an environmental assessment or health-impact study. He said media companies must respond to community concerns about the towers and get written permission from the municipal council before construction begins.
Riordan said that almost all of the 43 owners of Braun road have signed a petition opposing the tower. He said the tower would be built in leda clay, which is prone to landslides.
“People said that this land of the nature reserve was donated by descendants of the family of Lusk,” said Riordan. “It’s something that people in the community are proud because it is the reintroduction of threatened species of birds like the Northern shrike.
“Scientific studies show that such towers have lights that disorient and kill birds when they fly in them.”
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