Baxter Estates approves 10-year permit renewal with T-Mobile

Baxter Estates approves 10-year permit renewal with T-Mobile
The Village of Baxter Estates Board of Trustees opted to renew its permit with T-Mobile. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

The Baxter Estates Board of Trustees renewed its permit with T-Mobile at its meeting Wednesday night, which will allow the company to continue storing its telecommunications equipment in the village.

Village Attorney Christopher Prior said the permits are reviewed by the board every 10 years to assess any equipment changes or modifications needed to the permit.

The last permit was issued on March 4, 2010, which Prior acknowledged was more 10 ten years prior to the current application.

The equipment is located on top of the roof of 299 Main St. on the northwest corner of the street’s intersection with Shore Road.

It is hidden behind a false chimney and Jonathan Bertram, a representative from Complete Development Services on behalf of T-Mobile, told the board it will continue to be hidden behind it.

The permit has been extended for another 10 years, which began Wednesday when the board adopted to renew it.

In other news, the Village of Baxter Estates joined many other villages in declaring their condemnation of Hamas in the aftermath of the war in Israel and Gaza, but took their statement a step further to condemn all acts of terrorism.

“We are deeply disturbed by the war in the Middle East which began on Oct. 7, 2023,” Mayor Nora Haagenson said. “The loss of so many lives and the taking of hostages, some of whom are Americans, is abhorrent to us. We hope for a swift and decisive end to this dangerous conflict and to all acts of aggression throughout the war.”

Haagenson said she wanted to deliver her statement after the Nassau County Village Official Association encouraged villages to adopt such statements to condemn Hamas.

But for Baxter Estates, Haagenson said their statement is not just directed towards Hamas but rather all acts of terrorism.

The village also considered a request to implement a stop sign, which residents had requested at the board’s last meeting.

The village was asked by residents to install a stop sign at the corner of North Washington Street and Locust Avenue, citing concerns for safety. But Haagenson said that it is not a through street, which typically does not have stop signs.

Prior affirmed that many engineers do not advise putting stop signs in such scenarios, yet many villages still opt to implement them.

The village weighed other sign options, like ones telling drivers to slow down or alert them to children in the area.

Haagenson suggested reaching out to the Port Washington Police Department to consult with them on how to approach this situation, which the board agreed was a good idea. They opted to table a decision on the matter until after consulting with the police.

The board also approved various bids for village projects, including sidewalk repair on Shore Road, fence repair at the village hall and tree trimmings at the end of Bayside Avenue.

“This has to get done,” Branco said about the Shore Road repair. “The area is now a hazard.”

The Village of Baxter Estates Board of Trustees will convene again at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 6, when the board will host a public hearing for the Port Washington Fire Department’s 2024 contract with a 2.5% increase.

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