Wells Couple Loses Fight Against Communications Tower

05/18/12 6:06AM

A couple who own property in the southwestern town of Wells have lost their battle to keep a utility from building a new communications tower there.

Artists Felix Kniazev and Olga Julinska had been fighting a plan by the Vermont Electric Power Company - or VELCO - to build a tower to support a new statewide communications system being built by the utility.

The couple argue the project will significantly reduce the value of their property for which they paid nearly $400,000. The Public Service Board on Wednesday ruled that VELCO can build the tower and awarded the couple just over $25,000.

Kniazev and Julinska have also been active in the fight against a plan by Vermont's major utilities to install wireless smart meters in homes and businesses.

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