Board Tables Johnson Elementary Cell Tower Decision

We can always come back at a later time and provide the issue with the support of the Johnson community, said Steve Graham, executive director of business services for the Cedar Rapids schools, during the meeting. We would be well served to do this for the community and I think they would support it given theres a $25,000-plus funding stream we could certainly use as a school district. The board voted unanimously, save for Board President Mary Meisterling who was absent, to table the motion. That vote came after a public hearing, in which Johnson Elementary parents voiced their concerns against going through with the vote at this time. Residents raised concerns about the health impacts the tower could have on students and staff in the building, whether or not Johnson was targeted because of the school populations ethnic and socioeconomic makeup, and the short timespan between announcement of the lease and the vote. Im just impressed that (the board members) listened to us and responded, said a surprised Dennis Barnett, parent of a Johnson student. The system works. Both Graham and Rob Kleinsmith, district buildings and grounds manager, said that Verizon requested to install the cell tower on Johnson, and the school was one of two structures in the area that the company considered for the project. Superintendent Dave Benson said the next step will be for consultants to visit Johnson and meet with community members about the issue. In addition, administrators will consult with the districts legal counsel about the process for bringing the agreement back for board approval at a later date. Benson said the timeline for both of these actions is before the boards next regular meeting, which is scheduled for Monday, Nov.
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Vertical Consultants Adds Tacoma Area Company as its Latest Cell Tower Lease Client

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Responding to letters of concern over a possible cell tower going up in the Hillcrest area near the school and residences, Coun. Marg Kentel told council Monday that she had spoken with Industry Canada and learned the city could have a policy that might give council more say in where cell towers go in the community. Currently, Industry Canada only requires councils input for towers taller than 15 metres. What he said was that we can have a guideline and they will listen to the guideline if its realistic, said Kentel. I think just even saying, OK, theres another location, put it further back on the property so its further away from schools and day cares and families, that certainly would be logical. Kentel questioned why Rogers hasnt responded to public complaints or the city. Development Services director Kevin Pearson confirmed staff have no idea yet as to whats being proposed. He told council the City of Langley has a policy that requires 80 per cent approval of neighbours within 500 metres of a proposed tower site in order to get the citys endorsement. Couns. Ken Jamieson, Denise Reimer and Alan Harrison were enthusiastically supportive of a policy that would give council, and residents, some input. Harrison suggested the policy target towers under 15 metres.
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Cedar Rapids School Board Tables Cell Phone Tower Installation

During the boards Monday regular meeting, members voted to table a motion to lease part of the buildings roof and an addition to Verizon Wireless for installation of a cell tower. If approved, the proposed agreement wouldve provided $25,800 to the districts general fund with a 3-percent annual increase for each subsequent year of the five-year contract. We can always come back at a later time and provide the issue with the support of the Johnson community, said Steve Graham, executive director of business services for the Cedar Rapids schools, during the meeting. We would be well served to do this for the community and I think they would support it given theres a $25,000-plus funding stream we could certainly use as a school district. The board voted unanimously, save for Board President Mary Meisterling who was absent, to table the motion. That vote came after a public hearing, in which Johnson Elementary parents voiced their concerns against going through with the vote at this time. Residents raised concerns about the health impacts the tower could have on students and staff in the building, whether or not Johnson was targeted because of the school populations ethnic and socioeconomic makeup as well as the short timespan between announcement of the lease and the vote. Im just impressed that (the board members) listened to us and responded, said a surprised Dennis Barnett, parent of a Johnson student. The system works. Both Graham and Rob Kleinsmith, district buildings and grounds manager, said that Verizon requested to install the cell tower on Johnson and the school was one of two structures in the area that the company considered for the project. Superintendent Dave Benson said the next step will be for consultants to visit Johnson and meet with community members about the issue. In addition, administrators will consult with the districts legal counsel about the process for bringing the agreement back for board approval at a later date. Benson said the timeline for both of these actions is before the boards next regular meeting, which is scheduled for Monday, Nov.
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City initiates action on cell towers

is a wholesaler of http://towerleases.com/cell-phone-tower-leases-surplus-cash/ hardwood and softwood lumber, plywood, millwork and associated industrial wood components, serving customers throughout the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, Hawaii and Canada since 1981. The company is also a cell tower landlord leasing its business property to house telecom equipment. Specialty Forest Products, Inc., receiving rent from their telecom tenant, was concerned they were not being paid full value for the use of their land and engaged Vertical Consultants as a result. The experts at Vertical Consultants reviewed the telecom lease associated with Specialty Forest Products, Inc.’s property and deemed it necessary to renegotiate the terms within the lease. After receiving the result from Vertical Consultants complimentary cell tower lease review, Specialty Forest Products, Inc. officially signed on with the telecom consulting firm as a client. Hugh Odom, President and Founder of Vertical Consultants states, “We are pleased to welcome Specialty Forest Products, Inc. to our growing clientele list. We proudly offer valuable information that will lead to monetary gain and better cell tower lease terms to property owners across North America. We make it our priority to provide all landowners with beneficial advice, expertise and above all, results, and we are have been successful in doing so.” The telecom consulting firm has become a catalyst for positive change in the telecom industry.
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AT&T looks 28 years into the future of cell towers

Vish Nandlall

Theres no evidence that theres anything that will … replicate the need for these macro cells, Marshall said. Though its hard to make detailed predictions, networks 28 years from now will probably feed increasingly powerful mobile devices with updated information and help users find what they need, he said. The mobile device ends up having every piece of information you could ever possibly be interested in, Marshall said. The current MicroSD standard allows for cards with capacities as high as 2TB, one indication that theres a long way to go for on-device storage, he said. Smarter, faster networks will help consumers use all that data, using context cues such as time and location to show users the content they need in real time, Marshall said. Future networks will also connect many more types of devices, some of which will fade into the background from consumers perspective, Marshall said. Twenty-eight years from now, the launch of the original iPhone in 2007 may look like the invention of the microprocessor in 1971 does now. If you look at how the microprocessor is used now, its used in absolutely everything, Marshall said. Over the very protracted timeline, the same thing happens with the mobile device. AT&T and Crown Castle seem confident all this will pay off. When their rights under the deal expire in an average of 28 years, Crown Castle will have the right to buy those 9,100 towers for a sum that the companies estimate at $4.2 billion.
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