JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. -- You may have seen a big orange balloon floating above Johnson City on Tuesday. That’s because one company was testing the visual impacts of a proposed cell tower.
Capital Telecom submitted an application to the Village of Johnson City. This is because they are looking to build a communications tower that would be 120 feet tall, along Reynolds Road, behind the Warehouse Carpet Outlets store.
The goal is to provide better wireless telephone coverage through AT&T, in and around the village near the Oakdale Mall.
In December, the village board turned down a land lease agreement with AT&T. However, Johnson City's mayor says this situation is different because it’s on private land.
Johnson City Mayor Greg Deemie said, "There was so much controversy over that one, AT&T. We asked them to look elsewhere, if they could find something else, and they did, and this is where. They figured it’d be less controversial."
The Johnson City Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing to discuss the tower on Monday night at 7:30 p.m.