Residents Oppose Cell Tower Plan

Cell towers hidden in church steeples

The federal government has exclusive jurisdiction on the siting of wireless and data systems. On Oct 7, Ill bring a delegation of residents from the Levesque and Bancroft area to try to persuade our planning committee not to concur with the location of this tower. The company held public consultations last summer, and as a result, changed the tower’s specifications in an attempt to gain support from the city and mitigate opposition. It has been scaled back to 30 metres from 35, and Bell has changed the way the antennas would be mounted on the pole, to lessen the visual impact on the neighbourhood. It would be located on land owned by the Multiple Sclerosis Society, north of Bancroft Drive and east of Levesque Street, and would be about 30 metres from nearest home. Under federal legislation, the city has no control over the location of the tower, which can be approved by Industry Canada without land rezoning or other routine procedures someone building a home, for example, would have to follow. However, companies like Bell are required to try and gain approval from municipalities, and to hold public consultations, and make a genuine effort to address any local concerns. The results factor into Industry Canada’s decision whether to approve the tower. In its submission to the city, Bell said it looked at several sites, but the Bancroft-Levesque location is the only one that addresses the cellphone coverage issues the company is trying to remedy. Bell Mobility has advised that co-location is not possible in this situation, as there is no other suitable existing or proposed tower structures in the vicinity that will provide adequate wireless coverage, the staff report reads. The tower, however, will accommodate additional carriers should another carrier express interest in this location. Bell investigated five locations, one in the area of The Kingsway and Levesque Street, three city-owned sites east of Levesque Street, and a property in the Dorsett and Bancroft Drive area.
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Pinole: Cell phone tower in park could face cancellation

It weighed two pounds and since there was such an expense they were only used by the military and some businesses. In the 1980s they became smaller and less expensive, but they didn`t really become mainstream until much later. It was about 2002 for the US that over 50% of the population were cell phone subscribers. Today that number is up to 91%. In 2009, more than half the world`s population, an estimated 4.1 billion people, owned a mobile phone, according to the United Nations. Researchers have tried to create comparisons so an educated guess can be made as to whether there is a risk in living near a cell tower. A 2006 report from the World Health Organization noted that after some fifty years of human exposure to Radio Frequency signals from FM radio and television, which are similar to cell phone towers, there are no known negative effects on health. As reassuring as this seems, some studies have shown otherwise. An Australian study found that children living near TV and FM broadcast towers in Sydney had more than twice the rate of leukemia than children living over seven miles away. Dr.
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Oakland police radio culprit: cell towers

A company spokesman said the impact on customers will be minimal, affecting only those on the company’s oldest phones. The towers constantly interfered with the radios, but the problems became particularly pronounced when a police car was within a quarter to a half mile of a tower, said David Cruise , Oakland’s public safety systems adviser. “If the officer is in an area close to one of their cell sites, essentially the cell site overpowers their radios,” he said. The number of officers reporting no radio connection, however, dropped immediately after the frequency was curbed at the first cell site, Cruise said. The city’s public safety radio communications system has suffered repeated failures. Officers routinely have been unable to connect to dispatchers or to communicate with other officers. In addition, the radios do not work in hundreds of buildings, including the basement of Oakland police headquarters. The night President Obama visited Oakland in July, police radios went down, although after the president had left town. More issues to inspect Cruise emphasized that cell tower interference was only one part of the city’s examination. “Our investigation is continuing,” Cruise said. “This is not the end of it, for sure.
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Vertical Consultants Hits Homerun for Wisconsin Little League Cell Tower Lease Client

The city acquired the land that would become Pinole Valley Park in the 1970s, in part with the help of a federal Land and Water Conservation Fund grant administered by the state, and has received several other grants for the park in ensuing years. The state agency notified the city last month that the grant conditions prohibit commercial and other non-recreational uses in the park. The city could get around the ban through a lengthy conversion process that includes environmental and other studies and would require the city to acquire replacement property of similar size, value and convenience for recreational use. The lease with Verizon is for up to 25 years, starting at $2,200 a month, on about 1,000 square feet along Adobe Road in the easternmost section of the park, where the communications giant wants to build a 78-foot-tall cell phone tower. The state agency also informed the city that it violated grant terms when it carved out a piece of the park in the early 2000s to build the Pinole Valley fire station, which is currently shuttered. Council members on Tuesday agreed to separate the two issues and put the cell tower lease question on the fast track, reasoning that because the antenna does not yet exist while the fire station does makes the latter a more complicated issue. The question of whether to rescind the Verizon lease is expected to be on the Oct. 15 council agenda. Verizon has threatened to sue to hold the city to the terms of the lease, but city officials now say the discovery of the state grant conditions could change the legal situation.
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Union minister open to reducing cell tower radiation

The response has come close on the heels of several citizens and activists demanding that radiation levels in Mumbai should be “lowered”. Speaking to TOI, Deora said, “We had adopted the international norms on radiation in 2008 and lowered it by one-tenth last year.” The previous radiation density was 4500 milliwatts per sq m which was brought down to 450 milliwatts per sq m. But activists point out that even this is four to five times higher than what is followed in countries like France, Russia, Belgium and Austria. Deora said the Indian Council of Medical Research is conducting a study on harmful effects of radiation on humans, birds and other species. “We are keeping an open mind and I will not hesitate from lowering the electromagnetic frequency limits, if needed,” he said. Activist Prakash R Munshi, who is spearheading a campaign for citizens’ safety from cellphone tower radiation, said, “There is no change in the radiation levels despite claims by cellphone operators. The ICNIRP (International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection) norms, considered the standard international norms, may have been reduced by the Union ministry to 10% of earlier levels. But the levels have not gone down in many areas.” Munshi said he is taking up the issue with the BMC, Union ministry and Department of Telecommunications. “If countries like Russia and China can have radiation density of 100 milliwatt per sq m, Belgium 24 milliwatt per sq m and Austria 1 milliwatt per sq m, why should radiation levels be more in Mumbai?” he asked. Professor Girish Kumar of IIT Bombay said the radiation risk depended on the proximity to the towers. “If one tower has several antennae, there is a higher risk of radiation.
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Additionally, Vertical Consultants was able to provide for future upside growth in the value of not only the lease, but the value of the overall property. The increase in the value of the cell tower lease shall be used to fund Kennedy Little League and their work with children of the Madison, Wisconsin community for years into the future. Hugh Odom, President and Founder of Vertical Consultants states, “We are very pleased with the outcome of these recent negotiations involving Kennedy Little League’s cell tower lease. We feel privileged to assist all types of property owners across the country with their cell tower lease needs and take pride in offering them beneficial information and results that will have positive, enduring impacts.” In 2012, Vertical Consultants increased property ownersa cell tower rent by 142 percent. In addition to increasing rents, the telecom consulting firm recovers unpaid cell tower rent and expenses for property owners. Since inception, Vertical Consultants has recovered over 200 yearsa worth of cell tower rent and expenses, collectively, for their clients. Vertical Consultants, founded in 2010 by Hugh Odom, is comprised of a group of wireless industry veterans with decades of combined experience. Vertical Consultants specializes in issues surrounding the wireless telecom industry and prides itself as a source of information for property owners. Vertical Consultants experience in the industry allows it to offer its clients unmatched expertise, services and results. Unlike others in their field, Vertical Consultants is able to handle every aspect of the issues surrounding a cell tower, rooftop or any other type of telecom lease, from start to finish.
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