The residents that call the Short Hill Mountain area their home continue to monitor AT&T’s activities on the mountain’s ridge, following the tech giant’s abrupt withdrawal of permit applications to build a new “substation transmission” there.
A county decision to withhold certain project details as part of a Freedom of Information Act exemption has kept those who oppose the project in the dark. And, despite a recent meeting with the county, citizens are getting impatient at the lack of responsiveness to their complaints, about, among other things, the bright lights that now burn throughout the night at the site. AT&T has recently applied for a several new permits (VSMP-0016-0098 and WAIV-2016-0055), which appear to relate to a stormwater management plan and a waiver from the requirements of that plan. But, no one seems sure what that work it is for, as the FOIA exemption is keeping permit details out of the public domain.
Neighbors are clamoring for action from the Board of Supervisors, and see the ongoing lack of clarity as another example of AT&T’s posture of testing the boundaries of what makes a good neighbor.
AT&T has, they feel, been given the benefit of the doubt ever since – as this paper reported –AT&T’s original permit requests “went down in smoke” last June. AT&T claims that what they’re doing is a “continuation of a current use.” But, that’s the safe answer, as activities related to that use are the only thing currently permitted at this site. ?Despite repeated attempts, the use is still unclear nearly 6 months later, say neighbors.