From: Rick Otto
Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2012 8:12 AM
To: Nancy Kramer
Subject: Communications Tower
Dear Member of Norwich Selectboard:
I am writing in reference to the area project to improve emergency communications in the Upper Valley, which may or
may not include a very tall (180') tower at the Norwich Transfer Station.
I was unable to attend the Selectboard Meeting yesterday, Wednesday, June 27th, due to prior commitments, but I
wanted to share my thoughts with you as a resident of Norwich who lives near the Transfer Station.
If the best option is the tower in the proposed location, so be it. My main concern is not my view, as I've looked at maps
and don't believe I have any line of sight on my property that might even remotely allow a view in that direction. I am
concerned about coverage and the character of Norwich.
If there are means to improve communications to traditionally "remote" areas of town that require a slower and more
deliberate (and possibly more costly) approach, then I would be supportive of it. I purchased my home last year and
moved from Sharon, so I feel for the residents of West Norwich who live in a telecommunications ghetto. Improving
emergency communication in this area could be a first step in eliminating its second‐tier status.
One of my main reasons for moving here is the truly unique character of the town. It may seem a bit contrived to some,
but frankly, this is a beautiful place to live and residents have maintained this beauty through a lot of hard work for 250
years. So plopping a really tall tower in a valley not all that far from the center of town, for many residents to see as
they drive to work or school or to run errands, seems antithetical to the efforts Norwich residents have made over the
years to maintain the quaint and un‐commercial nature of the town.
I appreciate your listening to my perspective. For a few extra dollars each year, it seems like we might do better both
from a functional and aesthetic perspective. I know taxes here are high‐‐I pay them because I know it makes where I live
better, not because I have cash to spare‐‐but frankly, you get what you pay for.
Thank you for your time.
53 Brigham Hill Road