Friday, August 24, 2012
The board of supervisors said that ATC is adamant about not paying funds to CONTACT for legal fees.
Though Northampton Township and American Tower Corporation reached an agreement to relocate 12 cell towers, ATC is not willing to negotiate the payment of legal fees with the community organization that fought alongside the township. The Citizens of Northampton Township Against Cell Towers (CONTACT) hired an attorney, David Truelove, to represent the group in the fight against ATC, the company that started installing 25-foot-tall towers throughout Northampton Township. While ATC told the township it would pay for the study of the new tower placement—which cost about $500,000—the company is not willing to put any money toward legal fees. "ATC will not make any payments to CONTACT," Township Solicitor Michael Savona said on Wednesday, Aug. …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
The Northampton Township Board of Supervisors approved a settlement with American Tower Corporation.
After months of public outcry, private and public meetings and a "plethora of litigation," Northampton Township's Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a settlement with American Tower Corporation on Wednesday. As part of the settlement, ATC agrees to remove 12 cell phone towers, or nodes, from residential areas and relocate them to other areas in the township consistent with heavily traveled streets, Township Solicitor Michael Savona explained. In addition, both the township and ATC will discontinue all litigation relating to the towers. Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our newsletter | Follow us on Twitter A representative from ATC was not present at the township meeting on Aug. 22, but Savona read a letter from the …
Monday, August 13, 2012
Here are five things you need to know today.
1. Before heading out to tonight's special meeting with the Board of Supervisors and ATC, see the updated pole and node location. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at the Richboro Middle School. 2. The Zoning Hearing Board will also be meeting tonight at 7 p.m. We'll post the agenda and more details later today. 3. Where's your favorite car wash? Vote for your go-to place in our Readers' Choice poll. 4. Don't forget to submit your favorite photo from summer vacation for a chance to win a gift card and back-to-school prize. 5. Weather: Today will be sunny with a high near 87 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
American Tower Corporation presented an alternative plan for cell phone towers that were originally planned for residential neighborhoods.
The cell phone pole battle between Northampton Township and American Tower Corporation is nearing its end, according to the Board of Supervisors. Supervisor Chairman Frank Rothermel said that it is likely that ATC will work out alternative placement for the poles. The company briefed township officials and members of Citizens of Northampton Township Against Cell Towers (CONTACT) on the new plan. ATC can make minor adjustments before presenting the changes to the community at a special meeting. "ATC will be in attendance with a representative," Rothermal said, "and will go through the plan at that time." Residents will also have the opportunity to to ask questions at the meeting, which is slated for Monday, Aug. 13, or Tuesday, Aug. 14, at …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The fundraiser will help Citizens of Northampton Township Against Cell Towers pay legal bills.
Citizens of Northampton Township Against Cell Towers will host a fundraiser to help pay for the organization's legal fees on Sunday, July 22 at Big Heads Richboro Pub. The entire community—children included—are invited to the Beef & Beer Fundraiser that will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the pub to support the organization. In addition to live music, food and drinks, a silent auction will be held as well as 50/50 raffles. Four Jimmy Buffet tickets, two Diamond Club Phillies tickets, a semi-precious stone necklace and a wheelbarrow containing $400 of beer and liquor (donated by Modern Contractors in Langhorne) are just some of the raffle items. For a full list of raffle items, visit the community group's website. Tickets for the event can be …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The holes dug by ATC crews have been secured by township work crews.
The empty holes left behind by ATC and its contractors on the yards of homeowners have been secured by Northampton public works crews, according township officials. After ATC received word that Northampton Township had pulled the work permits, the company removed it's equipment and crews leaving the holes that were meant for poles open and posing a risk to the general public. Public works employees took to the streets and covered the holes with wood board and placed cones over top. The fate of the holes will have to wait until the legal fight over whether or not the remaining poles can be erected in the right-of-way has been settled, township officials surmised at last week's board meeting. See more: Township, ATC File Court Documents …