Neighbors must wait in Framingham ham radio tower fight

Residents opposed to the building and construction of an 80-foot ham radio tower in a property community loaded the Zoning Board of Appeals listening to area on Wednesday. But the attorney for the ham radio driver that intends to develop the tower really did not show, so board participants elected to proceed the hearing till January.

FRAMINGHAM – There were a lot of locals opposed to the construction of an 80-foot-tall ham radio tower in their community that numerous needed to remain on the floor in the city hall room where Wednesday’s Zoning Board of Appeals hearing was held.

But locals really did not get to speak due to the fact that Fred Hopengarten, the attorney representing the ham radio driver, really did not show up. The day previously, the board got a letter stating he ‘d be out of community.

ZBA participants unwillingly voted to continue the hearing till Jan. 8.

ZBA member Stephen Meltzer claimed the board has a custom of providing continuations when they are requested as an issue of due process, yet the lateness of Hopengarten’s demand “leaves a negative preference in everyone’s mouth.”

” I assume that even if we do permit a continuance, it definitely strikes me that the respondent and also the lawyer, that possibly understood of his plans to take a trip to D.C. long before yesterday or the day before, owes everyone in this area an apology,” Meltzer claimed. “Yet I would certainly likewise claim that we want to get this right and we intend to provide the opportunity for every single side of this case to be listened to thoroughly, as well as if the candidate isn’t below to present his side of the case, then we’re placed at a negative aspect in that respect. I would certainly claim that if we do approve a continuance, that it absolutely wouldn’t happen once more.”

ZBA participant Edward Cosgrove stated a continuation would give board members more time to assess material sent by both sides, bring about an extra strong decision.

” We don’t obtain a lot of these situations,” he claimed. “In the one decade I have actually been coming below I don’t assume we have actually had one ham radio antenna case. To be straightforward with you, there is some advantage to really comprehending what the law is, to get it right, to make sure that whatever succeeding action is most likely made on this instance, it either confirms or revokes the bylaw and also exactly how we’re interpreting it.”

While his attorney was missing, Mikhail Filippov, the ham radio operator who wishes to develop the tower, was present. At the request of his neighbors, Filippov agreed to quit construction of the tower till the following ZBA conference on the concern.

Next-door neighbors claimed they were upset with Hopengarten’s final ask for a continuation. They claimed they ‘d rallied opposition, consisting of legal protection, with little notice.

“That was spectacular,” stated Susan Munter, that lives beside Filippov.

Sophia Banar, an additional next-door neighbor opposed to the tower, stated she wishes the board takes the big group that participated in the hearing into account when it following considers the subject.

“It’s not simply one or two people complaining,” she stated.