Oradell, NJ Mayor and Council: Trees, not Towers: Reject Memorial Woods as a Potential Cell Tower Site in Ordinance #12-15
  • Petitioned Eric Shuler
  • Responded

This petition was delivered to:

Eric Shuler
Joseph L. Murray, Jr.
Council President
James G. Koth
Donna Risse Alonso
See response
R. Garrie Murphy
Antonio B. Meo
Edward Pfleging
Municipal Clerk
Laura J. Graham

Oradell, NJ Mayor and Council: Trees, not Towers: Reject Memorial Woods as a Potential Cell Tower Site in Ordinance #12-15

    1. Petition by

      Catherine Sears

      Oradell, NJ

December 2012


Catherine Sears: We got more than 100 signatures in five days, which for our small town, is an impressive number. The mayor and council decided to abort this ordinance and start with fresh ideas in the new year.

Oradell's Mayor and Council are drafting an ordinance to control the location of a cell phone tower in town. That designated location is one of the skating ponds in Memorial Woods.  These woods, acquired by the town in 1924 as “West End Park,” are one of our town’s precious remaining open spaces, with wetlands, nature trails, wildlife, and two skating ponds that are part of the town’s winter recreational program.  Destroying the woods by putting a 150-foot-tall cell tower, a maintenance building, an access road, a fence, and a loud HVAC unit – in short, turning a park into a commercial facility that would be visible from one of our town’s main gathering spaces – would damage the distinctive residential character of Oradell, create a more urban, commercial appearance, and have a negative impact upon our community and the value of our homes.


Oradell’s "master plan," a document used by the Planning Board to make decisions about land use, notes that "approximately 4 percent of Oradell's land area is devoted to parkland and open space areas. This amounts to approximately 7.7 acres of land for every 1,000 residents. The National Recreation Association generally recommends a standard of 10 acres of recreation and open space for every 1,000 residents...it is noteworthy that the Borough does not meet this nationally recognized standard."


If Oradell is already low on open space, why would our elected officials choose to develop that area? 


Furthermore, Oradell is known as “a family town,” but families don’t want to live near cell phone towers; nor do they want to see cell phone towers near areas where children congregate, such as playgrounds, ball fields, and schools.  A cell phone tower near Memorial Field would be a substantial detriment to the public good by devaluing this aspect of our town’s appeal, affecting the property values of neighboring homes, and potentially putting our town’s youngest students at risk for exposure to harmful radiofrequency radiation.


Tell the Mayor and Council: write a better ordinance on behalf of Oradell’s citizens.  Reject Memorial woods as a potential cell tower site. 


Eric Shuler, Councilman
Joseph L. Murray, Jr., Mayor
James G. Koth, Council President
Donna Risse Alonso, Councilwoman
R. Garrie Murphy, Councilman
Antonio B. Meo, Councilman
Edward Pfleging, Councilman
Laura J. Graham, Municipal Clerk
Please reject the section of Cell Tower Ordinance #12-15 which would allow a cell tower to be located in Memorial Woods/"West End Park." Find a location that is more acceptable to Oradell's residents, and more in keeping with the distinctive residential character of our town.

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. Decision-maker Donna Risse Alonso responds:

      Donna Risse Alonso

      Thank you for your comments...this ordinance will not move forward without substantial revisions...thank you for your comments!

    3. Decision-maker Donna Risse Alonso responds:

      Donna Risse Alonso

      Thank you for your comments. This ordinance will not be moved forward without significant revisions...thank you for your concern!

    4. Decision-maker Donna Risse Alonso responds:

      Donna Risse Alonso

      Thank you for your concern...this ordinance will not be put forward without significant revisions...your comments are always welcome!

    5. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Craig Hagmaier ORADELL, NJ
      • almost 2 years ago

      open space and effects of living under towers, psychology as well as potential health issues

    • debbie bargiacchi ORADELL, NJ
      • almost 2 years ago

      keep oradell green and beautiful

    • Amanda Hough HACKENSACK, NJ
      • almost 2 years ago

      I went to school in RE and feel keeping our trees is more important!!!!

    • Tomasina Schwarz ORADELL, NJ
      • almost 2 years ago

      The mayor and council are wrong. I have a verizon cell account and I live two blocks off of Kkinderkamack, I do not have cell problems. We cannot allow verizon or any other corporations bully our town. I don't want the cell tower at all! We do not have enough open space for our kids never mind a tower.

    • Michael Gallucci ORADELL, NJ
      • almost 2 years ago

      The Mayor & Council must put aside the purported needs of outside special interest groups and put the residents of Oradell first.


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