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Public Hearing: CBS seeks permit to erect second radio tower on Church St property in Moorestown

NOTICE:  There will be a Public Hearing held by the Moorestown Zoning Board of Adjustment on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at the Moorestown High School Instructional Theater Room, 350 Bridgeboro Road, Moorestown at 7:30 pm.  The Board will consider the application for a use variance permit for CBS Radio East Inc.  to construct an additional radio tower on the same property as the existing tower at 1267 Church Street in Moorestown.  

People that live near the existing tower were notified, but the radio signal from the current tower affects many people in the area.  This is an opportunity to address any concerns you may have.
Fred January 16, 2014 at 07:28 AM
We already get interference from the existing antenna. My cordless phone is effected along with some other electronics. A few years ago I bought a life-size snowman that played music when someone walked in front if it. The thing broadcasted lye whenever it was plugged in. And by saying,"people that live in the area were notified ". Did they mean people who live in Moorestown because I was not notified . Oh, wait.. They put that antenna in their town where there aren't any houses... Hmm
Fred January 16, 2014 at 07:28 AM
Darn spellcheck. The snowman broadcast KYW
agent itchy January 16, 2014 at 09:53 AM
I mean no disrespect Fred, but who still uses a cordless phone? When my 20 something kids watch Seinfeld reruns they always crack up by Jerry's cordless. I gave up land lines all together in the early 90's. Frankly, I wish CBS would lease space on their tower to my carrier, TMobile.
Ross Chatham January 16, 2014 at 10:35 AM
I wish I had a snowman that talked and could deliver the weather forecast.
Fred January 16, 2014 at 10:51 AM
Agent itchy, no offense taken.. But really? Most people I know still have a landline and a cordless phone.. The problem with just using a cell phone is that when someone is watching my son I want them to have access to a reliable source. Ross, if it gave me the weather only went I wanted it, I would agree.. Lol
Kathy Johnston January 16, 2014 at 07:02 PM
Sorry Agent Itchy but if you want T-Mobile they can install the tower in your back yard. Because for the past 10 years I have had the current AM tower playing through my light switches, electric outlets, bath tub and laundry. Have spent thousands of $$ on electricians, have had Verizon, Comcast and PSE&G out to my home and had to have my entire house re-wired. The new tower is going to be an FM tower which by information from the FCC.gov will be stronger than the current AM tower. I have placed calls to the FCC over the past year and they will not return my call. From knowledge I currently have they only needed to give notices to residents certain feet from their property which I am in. My concern is the many people over the years who have either died from cancer, or had cancer in this area surrounding the current tower. I wouldn't have purchased my home if I knew years ago what I know now about radio waves, cell phone waves, and electro magnetic fields. And now they want to blast our homes with more. The EPA needs to come to our neighborhood before any tower is built. A girl in my neighborhood had the AM station playing through her braces and later both her and her sister developed cancer. This is NO joke.
Lynne Lihotz January 16, 2014 at 08:07 PM
I posted this notice because I knew that they were only obliged to notify people within about 300 ft or so of the property line. I am one of them. So please attend the Moorestown public hearing to voice your concerns! I've had numerous problems with it interfering with my phone, stereo components and previously phone internet service to name a few. The tower was constructed in 1940 and the laws are grandfathered since it was here before the homes. I can assure you, they have not backed down on signal strength. They have to ask for a variance because the present permit does not allow for additional towers. These antennas, in my opinion, supposed to be in open areas, not right next to housing. They want to construct a 199 ft FM tower. I don't know if the frequency will alter how much it interferes in our homes, but I really don't want any more headaches. I want to ask their engineer about this.
Fred January 16, 2014 at 08:19 PM
Thanks Lynne. I share your concern and will attend the meeting also.
Kathy Johnston January 16, 2014 at 10:34 PM
Lynne I agree. And I know all of my neighbors on my street will be attending. The property variance for NJ only allows for a 45ft tower and they want to put a 199ft tower. You can read all of this in the packet that Moorestown Twp. has.
Lynne Lihotz January 22, 2014 at 03:43 PM
@Kathy Johnston, Does the permit state that they will take down the AM tower in order to put up the FM tower(a comment on the Moorestown patch says this)? My understanding is that an FM tower is safer when the tower is higher. The FM transmission is from an antenna at the top and the tower is a support structure. This differs from an AM antenna in which transmission is along the entire height of the tower. According to the Moorestown Township Zoning Board of Adjustment Agenda, the public hearing has been rescheduled on Tuesday February 18, 2014. It does not have a time, so I assume it is still 7:30 pm.

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