​BMC wants no cell towers on schools, hospitals, orphanages

The approval will not be renewed. “We have submitted this draft policy and we will invite suggestions and objections from the public,” said a civic official from the development plan (DP) department. Several studies have raised fears of a negative impact of the radiation from cell antennae on human health, hinting at problems ranging from headache to cancer. In a pro-citizen move, the draft policy has made it clear that towers can be set up in a residential building only if a general body resolution of the co-operative society specifically indicates that all residents living below or on the terrace (site of the antennae) have agreed to the installation. Moreover, only two towers will be allowed on one building or wing of a building. Also, a mobile service provider will have to submit an undertaking that there is no building as tall as the lowest antenna right in front of the tower. For two antennae, the other buildings must be 35m away, for four 45m away, and so on. Owners of a building keen to host cell phone towers have to submit a structural stability certificate from a BMC-licenced structural engineer. If the building is over 30 years old, a fresh structural stability certificate will be needed every five years.
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Cities renew efforts to curb new cell towers

Sunday, July 14, 2013 Cities renew efforts to curb new cell towers By Pat Fox The Atlanta Journal-Constitution North Fultons newest cities, Johns Creek and Milton, have proposed new laws they hope will keep cell towers from populating more of their landscape. This story continues on our new premium website for subscribers, MyAJC.com. Continue Reading Read the complete story… The story you’re reading is premium content and is accessible to all AJC subscribers on our new premium website, MyAJC.com. Simply login to get total access to this story and all in-depth content from our print edition plus more. A condensed version of this story is available to all online readers on our free website, ajc.com. Look for this symbol on ajc.com to denote premium content. Brought to you by:
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A cell phone tower resembling a pine tree: Portage gets Kalamazoo area’s first ‘monopine’

It was installed by the developer of the Oakland Hills Condominiums and Oakland Hills at Centre projects, a 48-acre development to include 107 single-family condos and several offices . The site plan that included the pine tower was approved last year by the city but installing the unique cell phone tower involved both state and federal clearance. The Oakland Hills Condominiums on Oakland Drive near Centre will add 22 single-family condos to the 84 that have been built since 2006 on the former Oakland Hills Golf Course property, next to the Gourdneck State Game Area. Greg Dobson, representing American Village Development, said the monopine was chosen as the cell tower design rather than a typical steel pole structure for several reasons. Seen from the intersection of West Centre Avenue and Oakland Drive, the monopine telecommunications tower stands higher than other trees in that area, but blends in.Tom Haroldson/Special to MLive It will improve the aesthetics for the community and the surrounding existing and proposed future development, Dobson said of the 150-foot pine that towers over all other trees in that area. Michelle Gilbert, manager of public relations for Verizon Wireless, which installed the monopine, said there are no others like it in the Kalamazoo area. Verizon has installed monopines in Michigan in Norton Shores, Bloomfield Township and at the former Pine Knob in Clarkston. Other mobile phone companies have also used the design in Michigan and elsewhere in the United States, but none in the Kalamazoo-Portage area. There is no cost benefit to building this type of cell site vs.
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Verizon customers in limbo after cell tower changes

Pinole council to reconsider cell phone tower in park after Verizon threatens lawsuit

To me, as the fire chief, its a life-safety issue, Muse said. Many people rely on their cellphones for their lifeline, the ability to summon emergency help by dialing 911. That instant access to law enforcement and firefighters works for the fire department in Lincoln, which relies on people to report smoke in the timbered and mountainous country where the community is located. Having cellphone service interrupted, he explained, is like going back in time. This is something theyve known about for three years and they didnt act in a timely fashion, he continued. Thats what really bothers me. Muses smartphone is his portal to the world. He had disconnected his landline phone, as have many others. Recently he has reconnected his landline so family members can reach him. The temporary tower is in a lower elevation location so its coverage doesnt extend far from Montana Route 200 that links the town to other, larger communities. This lack of coverage means people will be found along the downtown highway with their cellphones, he said.
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Cell tower planned in Whitingham, Vt

(AP) A cell tower is planned in the Vermont town of Whitingham, which is expected to improve cell service along the Route 100 south corridor. The Vermont Public Service Board approved the town selectboard’s request on Friday. The Brattleboro Reformer reports ( http://bit.ly/12BViKG) the tower would be on town property behind the Highway Department garage, near the town’s transfer station. The tower will be 140 feet tall with 12 antennas of various dimensions. ___ Tweet Cell tower planned in Whitingham, Vt WHITINGHAM, Vt. (AP) A cell tower is planned in the Vermont town of Whitingham, which is expected to improve cell service along the Route 100 south corridor. The Vermont Public Service Board approved the town selectboard’s request on Friday. The Brattleboro Reformer reports… Inside SFGate Labor Day party called off, but report says replacing faulty rods isn’t necessary for opening.
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The vote was 4-1, with Councilman Roy Swearingen dissenting. But it turns out that Verizon already has a lease signed by the city — although Mayor Debbie Long questions whether it is valid without the council’s imprimatur. She referred to a passage in the project’s conditions of approval stating the applicant “shall enter into a lease agreement with the City of Pinole, as approved by the City Council, for use of the property for the proposed wireless communications facility.” Verizon Wireless attorney Jim Heard told the council last week that the city has recorded a memorandum of lease with the Contra Costa County recorder. Notwithstanding her skepticism about the validity of Verizon’s lease, Long voted in favor of reconsidering the council’s June 18 rejection, she said, because she had since learned that Pinole police were experiencing transmission problems in the Pinole Valley. “I spoke to the Police Department. I was not aware there were dead zones in the valley,” she said at Tuesday’s council meeting. “That is why I voted in the affirmative to reconsider,” she said in an interview last week. The council will reconsider its action at a public hearing as part of its July 16 meeting. Verizon’s negotiations with the city over a cellphone tower site go back at least as far as January 2011. The proposed project has since received approval from the Planning Commission, which also approved a mitigated negative declaration of environmental impact and a conditional use permit.
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