Majority Pan West Vancouver Cell Towers

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Very little research has been done into the longterm effects of microwave radiation, noted Ken Stiles, a PhD physicist, though in his own review of scientific literature, he did come by a German study that found residents who lived within 400 metres of a cellphone tower were 300 per cent more likely to be diagnosed with cancer over 10 years. “I strongly urge you to give this some serious thought. In fact, this whole issue reminds me of the asbestos industry in the 1950s and 1960s when there already was evidence that asbestos was damaging people’s lungs but the regulatory officials of the day swept it under the rug and didn’t do anything about it and continued to sell asbestos,” he said. As for the potential drop in property values, which Industry Canada does not take into account in its decision, that would amount to “expropriation without compensation” in the words of Westcot Place resident Bill Holmes. Still, a few swam against the current and suggested the lack of coverage in West Vancouver is worth adding a few more cell towers to the ones already on the North Shore, and that the level of radiation coming from the would-be towers is far lower than what people expose themselves to on a daily basis. After reminding attendees that it is Industry Canada’s decision to make, Mayor Michael Smith said participants who came out to speak did not do so in vain. “I want to assure you, we on council listen to the pubic before we make any decisions and we do listen carefully,” he said. “We are hoping that both Industry Canada and the province will listen to the feedback from West Vancouver. That’s why the district and council is hosting these meetings – so we can provide that input and make sure our voice is heard.” West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country MP John Weston and West Vancouver-Capilano MLA Ralph Sultan were both present for the meeting. About 100 residents had to be turned away at the door because of the limited time of the event and the capacity of the venue. To accommodate them and anyone else who didn’t get a chance to attend the meeting, the district is scheduling a second town hall meeting for Oct.
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Proposed regulations disguise cell towers

The special use permit was approved by planning and zoning 6-0, with one member absent. The commission recognizes the need for better communications down in that area, we know for a fact two of our board members have problems and live in that area, Wiegand said. Rich Kotite, a site acquisition agent with Horvath Communication, said the company planned to build the tower for a cell provider and would be capable of hosting other cell phone providers as well as county communication equipment. Kotite indicated AT&T had shown interest in leasing space on the tower initially, adding the tower would be capable of providing 3G and 4G coverage. Horvath Communications selected to site for its proximity to U.S. 77 and State Highway 8 near Barneston, Kotite said. Highway coverage is very important now because people are constantly on their phone, Kotite said. The lack of landlines in the area also pushed the need for a cell tower. Bill Lillie, who owns land adjacent to the proposed cell tower site, spoke against the measure during a public hearing held Wednesday. I think there is a better place to put this tower than there, Lillie said. Lillie told the board he keeps bees next to the proposed cell tower site and fears what the radio waves may do to them.
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Scituate cell tower approved for private property

They said the 80 per cent requirement would be all but impossible to achieve, but were unable to say what would be an acceptable threshold. “We don’t want to be prescriptive,” Kirkbride said. Under questioning by councillor Bob Long, Marlatt said Telus knows most people don’t want a cell tower near their homes. Usually, he said, only 10 per cent of nearby residents will support a new cell tower. While the Township doesn’t actually have legal authority to prevent construction of cell towers, Marlatt said Industry Canada, the federal authority that does have the power, will likely defer to the Township. “They [Industry Canada] don’t actually make decisions,” Marlatt said. He said Langley needs to upgrade its cell networks to keep up with “overwhelming” demand from a rapidly growing community, and that means upgrading existing towers and adding new ones. Marlatt said Langley currently has the second highest number of complaints about cell service in B.C. He was unable to provide specific numbers. Marlatt and Kirkbride both said better cell coverage would improve public safety because 60 per cent of all 911 calls come from mobile devices. They said the Telus position is supported by the other cell phone service providers operating in Langley.
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County considers cell tower near Barneston

They may come back with basically the same response theyve given us in the past, which is, Well, theres nothing else in here that meets our requirements, this is the only site. The telecommunications tower would be located at the northeastern corner of the property, which is currently vacant, adjacent to the rear lot line. The structure would be situated within an approximately 46-square-metre equipment compound consisting of an equipment shelter and a 2.4-metre-high chain link fence. City staff objects to the tower as it does not comply with the citys protocol for radicommunication facilities. In particular, the proposed tower does not comply with four sections of the protocol, including: – Radiocommunication facilities should be as inconspicuous as possible. – Radiocommunication towers shall be designed to allow co-location for a minimum of two additional radiocommunication service providers. – Radiocommunication towers should be located a minimum distance of six times the height of the tower from a residential use and residential zone. – Radiocommunication facilities should be located as far away from a public roadway as possible and should not be located in any front or street side yard, as defined in Zoning By-law 2020, of an existing building on site. The residential zones and properties affected that are not far enough from the tower based on the citys standards are on Maryvale Court, Mountainside Drive and Nottingham Avenue. The Radiocommunications Act stipulates the Minister of Industry has sole jurisdiction over communications facilities. Therefore, the approval of the tower ultimately lies with Industry Canada.
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City opposes proposed cell tower

A rep from U.S. Cellular says it’s not just the design, but the height of the tower, number of antennas and surrounding terrain all factor in to the quality of your call or the speed of your data. “If they can disguise them, all the better, Reynold said. Yakima hopes laying out a clear balance of new technology with old aesthetics will send the right signal. The ordinance will be reviewed in about a month and could take effect a few weeks later. Cell phones are a regular part of our everyday lives. “We’re on our phones a lot; I know I am, said Levi Wiatt. But not all technology improvements fall in line with historic homes. It’s why Yakima is trying to find a solution that works for everyone.
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Cell tower vote requirements questioned


It was a difficult decision and I tried to impress upon the people who objected that we took their concerns very seriously, she said. According to Will Keyser, a spokesman for AT&T, the tower will improve coverage from 36 percent of Scituate customers with service to 70 percent. Construction would begin sometime next year pending approval from the Massachusetts Historical Commission. Keyser said there are not currently plans for additional towers. The additional coverage will significantly help residents, Trezise said, saying many have complained that they have not been able to use their cell phones in their homes. Tooker agreed that improved cell service has always been the goal, but said there should have been more of an effort to develop a more palatable option, preferably one that would have allowed the town to receive some money. Those of us in opposition to the cell tower at Tilden were never in opposition to improved wireless services, we just didnt think this was the way to go, and it was about how could that need be best served while serving the needs of the community, he said. A petition article requesting that Niles Terrace be leased for the tower is still on the warrant for Town Meeting, scheduled for Nov. 4. Yet the pending construction has already had an impact. Tooker noted that one family with young children that abuts the site has already put their house up for sale.
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Transfer station cell tower discussions progress

Other utilities would be able to co-locate on the tower, and the tower is expected to fill in cell coverage gaps within that area. Michael Libertine, of All Points Technology, described what the tower, at 150 feet, would look like from properties within a half mile of it. He explained the visibility of the tower from nearby homes would change with the seasons and whether or not trees contain foliage. Commissioners questioned whether a shorter tower would work for the area. Libertine explained that in order for towers to be effective, they must reach 90 to 100 feet to reach above the tree line. Ultimately, the commission decided the proposal was not inconsistent with the POCD and decided to move it forward. First Selectman Rob Mallozzi III told the Advertiser that this is just the beginning of the conversation of a potential transfer station tower, but that because it would be going on a municipal property, the town, through P&Z, could control aspects of it. He also said AT&T will look into lowering the height of the tower. We get to exert town influence with P&Z in terms of aesthetics, Mallozzi said.
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Election ’13: How can New Canaan improve its cell service?

Sven Englund

The primary supplier, T- Mobile , continues to drag its feet, which is their right, by the way. We must remember that the decision to build or not to build a cell tower is in many ways a financial decision made by the cell service supplier. They need to see an acceptable payback, or why would they spend the money? Our elected officials and our utility commission need to continue their important work of scouting all potential tower sites, as well as analyzing new technologies for better cell service in the future. Penny Young (i) Penny Young Republican The need and responsibility to provide quality public utility infrastructure and emergency services capability is uppermost on the agendas of the appropriate Town government bodies. The key issue is to find solutions that both address these needs and maintain the character of the Town. The Utilities Commission is actively studying the issues and the Selectmen have appointed individuals with professional background in the industry to assist. Planning & Zoning has devoted a section of the Plan of Conservation and Development with well-researched recommendations. One of these is to establish one or more telecommunication towers in the northern part of the community or alternatively establish a distributed antenna system (DAS) though a separate tower would still need to be built to address essential public safety communications.
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