Towering wooden poles were a mystery to Troy

March 07, 2017 01:28 PM

TROY -- A massive wooden pole towers over Third Street in Troy near The Ruck. It wasn't there when Paul Marano woke up a week and a half ago, but all of a sudden, there it was.

"When I came home from work, I saw this massive beanstalk of a pole erected in the sidewalk," said Marano.

Seven of the 60 to 80 foot tall poles were put in Troy sidewalks. One by City Station sticks out over a five story building. One in Lansingburgh on 115th Street is twice the size of the nearby utility poles.

And it wasn't just a mystery to Marano. The city council and Mayor Patrick Madden's office were not aware the poles were going to be installed.

"It's like a mystery. Nobody knows where they came from," said Mark McGrath, City Council Member.  

Once the mayor's office was notified of the gigantic poles, they put a temporary stop to more installations.

"We didn't necessarily agree with some of the locations and some of the esthetics of them," said Monica Kurzejeski, Troy Deputy Mayor.  

Kurzejeski says the former mayor's office approved the plans. And her office didn't know code enforcement recently approved the permits.

23 poles in total are supposed to go in, including even more massive 120 foot poles.

Telecommunication infrastructure company Mobilitie put up the poles to mount equipment for cell phone networks like Sprint.

The mayor's office says it's going to be 5G technology.

But people like Marano say the poles don't mesh with his historic neighborhood

"Living in a historic downtown district, we have to get the color approved before we can paint our house, we're just wondering how a pole can go up seemingly overnight," said Marano.

The council president says they have to come down.

"They certainly are not conducive with the city's landscape, they are a blight to the neighborhood," said Carmella Mantello, Council President.

Council member Mark McGrath says he's all for the poles, if they're improving the cell phone network.  

"If it's going to be beneficial to the city, I don't see a problem with it. I guess some people don't like the looks of them, but it's just a bigger pole than the other ones," said McGrath.

The Deputy Mayor says her office might ask the company to take down some of the current poles and find other spots. It will be part of the administration's meeting with Mobilitie.  


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