|Letter to the CEO of National Grid Wireless/GridCom
National Grid Wireless
80 Central Street
Boxborough, MA 01719
Dear Doug Wiest:
We are residents of Lincolnville and towns in Midcoast Maine. Perhaps you have never heard of Lincolnville, Maine, but your company National Grid Wireless/GridCom has.
• GridCom is proposing to build a 190-foot cell tower in Lincolnville that will significantly impact the view from Bald Rock Mountain. The view is a breathtaking 200-degree panorama of pristine forests sweeping down to an island-studded bay.
• This tower will be located in the middle of a scenic viewshed that is designated in Lincolnville’s Comprehensive Plan as a scenic treasure.
• The economic vitality of Midcoast Maine depends on our scenic and natural resources. Many businesses in this area depend on our tourist industry. In fact, our local Chamber of Commerce successfully promotes our area as “Where the Mountains Meet the Sea.”
• The Lincolnville Planning Board twice denied your company because the building of this tower in this particular location is against the town’s ordinances.
• According to a survey conducted by the Lincolnville Comprehensive Plan Review Committee, 89 percent of residents felt that our town’s foremost feature is its environment of quiet beauty, open space, water resources, wildlife, woods and conservation efforts.
Surely a company whose mission statement reads "Our mission is to provide communications network infrastructure solutions that maximize customer and shareholder value while respecting community and environmental interests" understands that to ignore the majority of town citizens’ concerns is not in your company's best interest. Please tell us how your company's actions respect our community scenic and environmental as well as economic interests?
There are alternatives to building this tower in the middle of the Bald Rock Mountain viewshed. A group of concerned citizens decided to research this issue for themselves. You can read the report at
http:// www.baldrockcommunity.org/Maxson_letter.pdf . Alternatives would benefit the public AND GridCom AND Unicel.
Thank you for your time and we look forward to your reply.