As a proposed cell tower at Loundonville Presbyterian Church awaits site-plan approval from the town, pastor Elaine Woroby said the science shows it is not dangerous, but parents of students at the elementary school expressed concerns about exposure to the low levels of energy given off by such a tower.
The cell tower issue has polarized the community, with protestors holding a rally Saturday, March 20, against its construction. John Mousaw led the chants of those gathered at the park on the corner of Menand Road and Route 9 with shouts of, No cell tower! Do the right thing!
Kate Phelps, who lives across the street from the church said the consistency of the signal is what worries her.
"It's 20 years pounding on my 7-year-old," she said.
Tara Cavosi said she has two young children, both preparing to go to the school, and she too is worried about the proposal.
Prospective candidate for the 109th New York State Assembly District, Jennifer Whalen, said she was at the rally advocating for Loudonville Elementary Students.
She said she does not support "anything that poses a risk" to children, and if there is any chance that it is a health threat, it does not belong near the school.
Loudonville parent Amy Fox, who is listed as a contact for a new organization SAFE, or School Areas Free of Emissions, said she is disappointed with the church's decision.
"There couldn't be a greater oxymoron than a church putting a financial golden calf in front of its moral obligation to the community by creating a potential health risk to the thousands of children that will attend Loudonville School over the next 20-40 years. Town officials are responsible for protecting the health and welfare of residents, especially where children are at the very center of an issue."