MOUNT WASHINGTON -- The state Department of Environmental Management's controversial plan to demolish the Mount Everett fire tower appears stalled amid the state budget crisis, if not several feet of snow. But the state has objected, with a plan to spend an estimated $90,000 or so to tear it down, despite its proximity to the Appalachian Trail and is views across the vast tri-state area of forestland vulnerable to fire.
Under the administration of acting Gov. Jane Swift, the demolition was declared a mandatory undertaking by state officials concerned about safety and the environmental impact of leaving the tower standing. It was never put to use for fire prevention or monitoring.
While proponents of saving the tower claimed it would cost under $3,000 to restore the tower as a safe resource, those figures proved outdated and inaccurate, Thielker acknowledged. The figure is now reported to be over $200,000, by the state's estimate.
Berkshire Eagle Jan. 22, 2002