Posted at: 10/02/2013 4:48 PM
| Updated at: 10/02/2013 6:26 PM
By: Bill Lambdin
GREENPORT - Once you enter the Olana property south of Hudson, you really can imagine stepping back in time 140 years.
The 250 acre estate, now a state park, is designed for walking and marveling at views of the Hudson River valley in all directions, especially to the south.
"We need to review this," said Sara Griffen, president of the Olana Partnership. "We need to understand better why this tower is needed. Why it needs to be in this location."
A company owned by a local farmer, Eger Communications, wants to take down two 190 foot communications towers on Blue Hill, about a mile from parts of the Olana property and replace the twins with one slightly taller but thicker self-standing tower.
"The two towers that are 190 feet tall that exist at this site today are not structurally capable of supporting the critical public safety communications upgrades that are needed," said Jacqueline Phillips Murray, a lawyer for Eger Communications, Inc.
The two sides have been fighting over the issue since 2007.
The Town of Livingston Planning Board has approved the tower change.
That's led Olana Partnership and Scenic Hudson to go to state court seeking further review.
The Federal Communications Commission has also been brought into the fray, which shows no signs of being resolved anytime soon.
"The town hasn't demonstrated that a tower of this design and at this location is needed to provide those services," said Jeff Anzevino of Scenic Hudson.