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Tower plan draws fire

"It's a project that we have been looking at and working on for a long time. This tower is not something we decided to put up overnight, and we have had several informational sessions, including the public hearing last week," said Conley.

Capovani disagrees that residents had ample notification or information regarding the project, saying many did not receive a letter until April 7.

Capovani said the police department has been very forthcoming with answers to his questions, but he still feels that communications with residents was lacking.

"The town really needs to work on their communication process. I have lived here all my life and put my blood, sweat and tears into my home " my biggest investment " and surely having a tower this close to my front door will in some way affect the value of my home, as well as the quality of life," said Capovani.

Conley said at least 30 other sites were looked at during the process of choosing a location for the tower. He also said the department did a red balloon test in the fall to check the visual impact of the tower. The public hearing held last week was somewhat of a courtesy to the public, said Conley.

"We did not even need to hold a public hearing, but we want the Church Road residents to know that a lot of research went in to picking this location. It's been something we have been looking at for years," said Conley.

Completion of the police communications overhaul is expected by late fall.

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