PITTSFIELD, Mass. – The residents in Pittsfield’s Alma Street neighborhood who claim to be experiencing adverse health effects because of a nearby cell tower are suing the city and Verizon.

The goal of the lawsuit, filed in Berkshire Superior Court Thursday, is to allow the city’s board of health to retain independent counsel to investigate and take action on the issue.

“Proper resources, primarily inside counsel, someone who can tell the board what its legal rights, duties and obligations are that is not conflicted,” said Scott McCollough, the attorney representing the residents. “And they can find a solution at the board level to this problem.”

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