Update: Ymca Seeks A Cell Tower: Would It Be Safe?

Decision made on controversial cell tower

Theres also fire. Equipment at the base of cell towers has to be tended, and welders working on it have occasionally wrought havoc. And the fires theyve started seem unusually difficult to put out. A January 2009 fire that ran all the way up a Wellesley, Mass., monopole softened the base to the extent that it broke at the bottom, and fell like a log. Several people caught the relatively rare incident on video. A similar incident occurred in Howell, Mich., in 2007. Witnesses were quoted at the time saying that the pole was about to fall from its base, but was caught by guide wires. Amy Connolly, then Howells development director, said Nov. 21, At the time, (six) years ago, an electrical contractor was working on the monopole. Somehow, fire started in the monopole, and the tower was in flames, and it did fall, but not all the way to the ground. It showed me the reason why fall zones are a good idea. Connolly, now Tinley Park planning director, said shes not trying to tell anyone what kind of ordinance they should have.
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A cell phone company made this rendering of how a 107-foot tall cell tower alongside the North Suburban YMCA would look. The inset picture at lower left is the photo the firm said it used for the graphic.

As always, the initial consultation and lease review is complimentary. If the property owner decides to sign on with Vertical Consultants to increase the value of their cell tower lease, the firm will offer a 20% discount in service fees. Hugh Odom, President and Founder of Vertical Consultants states, Vertical Consultants makes it a priority to provide all landlords throughout North America with a wealth of information and representation that leads to their realization of true value within their cell tower leases. Wireless network expansion is having a huge impact on the value of new cell tower leases and existing ones. This limited-time discount is our way of showing appreciation and offering thanks to property owners who seek assistance with their cell tower leases.” Vertical Consultants is blazing new trails within the telecom industry by providing cell tower landlords with astronomical results. In just two years, Vertical Consultants has recovered nearly 200 years worth of unpaid cell tower rent and expenses, collectively, for their clients. In 2012, Vertical Consultants increased cell tower rents by an average of 142 percent. Vertical Consultants was founded in 2010 by Hugh Odom and is comprised of group of telecom experts with decades of combined telecom experience. Vertical Consultants prides itself as the only true landowner advocate, handling all aspects of a telecom lease from start to finish while garnering unmatched results for their clients. To learn more about disparities within the telecom industry, please visit http://www.vertical-consultants.com or contact info[at]vertical-consultants[dot]com. Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/11/prweb11374902.htm (c) 2013 PRWEB.COM Newswire
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Vertical Consultants Announces Limited-Time Discount to New Cell Tower Lease Clients

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Global communications company Crown Castle has nixed its plans to build a 317-foot cellphone tower in Bluewater Bay. Attorney Lauralee G. Westine, who represents the company, told Okaloosa County officials Monday that Crown Castle instead has decided to replace an existing cell phone tower on Nelson Point Road. Bluewater Bay residents welcomed the news. I think thats wonderful, said Jack Brooks, who lives on Lido Circle near where the tower would have been built. We are totally relieved. Brooks said news of Crown Castles latest plans has spread across Bluewater Bay. Weve invested a lot of time in trying to fight this, he said. It was something that didnt belong in a residential area. Crown Castle leases the cell tower land on Nelson Point Road from a local resident. Westine told county officials Crown Castle has reached an agreement to take down the existing guyed tower and replace it with a self-support tower of the exact height. The tower supports antennas for multiple law enforcement, fire and rescue agencies.
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City wants to regulate cell tower placement itself


But the proposed tower was harshly criticized as an unacceptable eyesore by a tight-knit group of Escondido residents living just outside the park along the northern face of the 1,150-foot mountain. That area is supposed to be for the deer and the hawks and the other animals, said resident Tisha Bennett, adding that wildlife has steadily rebounded in the area since it was scorched by the 2007 fires. Bennett said Tuesday that allowing one tower might eventually lead to several more on the pristine mountain. We cant have this place start looking like Mt. Woodson, she said, referring to a mountain in Poway featuring several antennas near its peak. Clay Tyler, who launched an online petition against the proposed tower early this month, said Tuesday that the residents are different from typical homeowners complaining that something could ruin their views. In 2002, they jointly contributed nearly $800,000 so that the San Dieguito River Park Conservancy, which works with the joint powers authority to acquire land for the park, could buy the entire mountain and prevent a developer from building 80 homes there. Tyler said the residents were promised their contributions would guarantee no development of any kind. If it didnt violate the letter of our gift, it violated the spirit of our gift, he said. It would be completely inappropriate to have a large cell tower there. Dick Bobertz, executive director of the river park, sent an email to the city last week saying the project wouldnt move forward.
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Public outcry kills cell tower plan

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27, 2013 @ 4:45 pm Osage Beach Osage Beach, State Rep. address cellular tower bill Social News A letter outlining the city’s concerns with proposed cell tower legislation should be on the desk of Rep. Rocky Miller by now. The Osage Beach Board of Aldermen last week gave its approval to the letter, which the city hopes will reiterate the its desire to regulate the placement of wireless towers more.. within the city limits. Legislation initiated by Representative Miller during the last legislative session ended up with much different language than he anticipated, and city officials say the wording takes away their ability to regulate towers. The Cole County District Court struck down the bill, saying the title was unconstitutional. An appeal of the court’s ruling is expected, according to City Attorney Ed Rucker, although he does not expect a ruling before the legislative session begins next month. The legislation will probably be reintroduced in January. The city took a pro-active approach to the bill’s language, asking Representative Miller to visit with aldermen and city staff last month. As a result of the meeting, the city decided to draft a letter outlining its concerns and specific language that would benefit municipalities.
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Civic Body ‘stops’ Setting Up Of Cellphone Towers

PSB OKs Putney village cell tower

Cellular operators warn that this could affect cellphone connectivity at a time users are increasing by the thousands every month. There could also be a rise in call drop cases, they say. Civic officials told TOI that no applications to install new cell towers are being admitted since a policy on towers is in the works. “The draft is ready and will be rolled out in a couple of weeks, after which new plans will be sanctioned,” said a senior civic official. A senior member of the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) said, “It is ridiculous that the BMC is not accepting a single application for new mobile towers in Mumbai. Recently, it has refused to accept 78 applications from cell tower companies.” COAI members want NOCs to be granted for the towers. “If the civic body does not accept applications, the towers cannot be installed at all. This will be against the interests of lakhs of consumers who depend on cell phones daily and for whom call drops are a frustrating experience,” said a COAI source. Sources from the telecom industry said the applications were from various cellular providers. They usually outsource the job of setting up and managing cell towers for companies like Airtel , Vodafone, Idea and Loop to tower infrastructure companies such as Indus, a source said.
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We’re working on plans to remove all of them.” Cruise said the city will be looking at cell phone towers of other companies, particularly T-Mobile , which uses a frequency that might also interfere with police radios. Oakland and the Federal Communications Commission had been investigating the police radio communications problems. The city mapped locations of radio blackouts, said Cruise, who was hired on Aug. 2, partly to help resolve the issues. Public safety priority An analysis of the maps led investigators to believe cell phone interference was playing a role. The FCC confirmed the interference on Thursday. The next night, AT&T shut down tower lease agreements the problem frequency. FCC rules give public safety agencies priority in communications, according to city officials. AT&T cell towers emit three different frequencies – 850 MHz, 1900 MHz and 700 MHz – said John Britton , a company spokesman. In addition, it operates three different cellular networks – 2G, 3G and 4G. The company temporarily shut down the 850 MHz frequency for 2G customers.
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Cellular tower sharing

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“We are pleased that the Public Service Board approved this temporary tower as we work hard to finalize the permanent tower which will provide significantly expanded service to our customers.” Earlier this year AT&T customers saw a significant drop in cell service after the company lost its roaming arrangement with Verizon, which owns the equipment in New Hampshire that AT&T was using to reach its customers in Putney. AT&T came before the Selectboard in September saying it was seeking a Certificate of Public Good to put up the temporary tower in the village while it looks for a more permanent tower site on elevated land outside the town center. Putney officials rejected the company’s original application, saying the tower violated the town’s cell tower zoning ordinance. The Selectboard and Planning Commission were also concerned with the company’s claim that the village tower would only be temporary. Ultimately the town did not support the application, though AT&T did make changes to the PSB application based on what was said at a public meeting that was held. The tower will be set back a little farther from the road than the original application showed, and the CPG also stipulates that the tower is temporary and will be removed within 18 months of its installation. “In the end it was a really great process,” Town Manager Cynthia Stoddard said after learning that the application was approved. “People who came to the meeting felt like the company listened to the board, and they were able to come up with some solutions based on what our concerns were.” Keyser said the temporary tower will go up relatively quickly and should be in service before Thanksgiving. Keyser also said AT&T was very close to finalizing a deal for the permanent tower, though he declined to give details on the location. The temporary tower will mostly improve service in the immediate vicinity of downtown Putney, but he said the permanent tower should help improve the service for AT&T customers who live outside the village and who have been living with diminished cell phone coverage. He said the new permanent tower should be able to be constructed within the 18-month time frame that the PSB gave for the temporary tower in the village.
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Commission Approves Eight New Cell Towers

Ms. Braleys presentation on the first tower to be considered, which was 2013Z03, a cell tower to be placed on Hwy. 16 west. Former commissioner Mary Patrick was the first to speak during the opposition portion of the public hearing. Mrs. Patrick said she has a real problem with the application…everything they are supposed to do has not been done. She also said she hoped we did not need to hear the 15-minute explanation of conditions on every application. She questioned why the county is giving approval with so many conditions. Mr.
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Oakland police radio culprit: cell towers

Better still, the operators get paid for the tower assets so both get a handy CAPEX benefit as well as OPEX savings. Eaton believes the OPEX saving is north of 20%. Its about price but its also got to be a long-term relationship. Youre part of the operational capability so SLAs and quality standards are all built in. The quickest, easiest and cheapest way to roll-out is to co-locate and this will make us valuable to operators. We will look at where it makes sense to roll-out by adding new towers. The tower sharing company can also deal with things like 3G data roll-outs where new sites and equipment may be needed. In the rest of the world, it has mainly been new builds. But in the States, operators sold their towers to tower operating companies and we saw this as a likely development in the African market. So who are the competitors on the continent?:The landscape has changed a fair bit since we started. Originally there was only Helios Towers in Nigeria but its now gone out into other African markets. Weve also seen American Towers in one or two countries like South Africa and Ghana but not in the more out of the way places.
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Oakland Police Radio Culprit: Cell Towers

Cell tower plan nixed

KRISTIN GERDE holds up a before-and-after picture to demonstrate how the reduced height of the pro-posed cell tower would still block the view of Mount Adams to the north. Gerde, who lives at the end of Rocky Road, said her 5-acre property “would be in the literal shadow of the tower,” causing a reduction in her property’s value.

The FCC confirmed the interference on Thursday. The next night, AT&T shut down the problem frequency. FCC rules give public safety agencies priority in communications, according to city officials. AT&T cell towers emit three different frequencies – 850 MHz, 1900 MHz and 700 MHz – said John Britton , a company spokesman. In addition, it operates three different cellular networks – 2G, 3G and 4G. The company temporarily shut down the 850 MHz frequency for 2G customers. The 2G network is the company’s oldest, meaning relatively few customers would be affected, Britton said. Those on 2G are using some of the company’s oldest phones and would still be supported in the affected areas on the 1900 MHz frequency. “AT&T would never do anything to jeopardize law enforcement,” Britton said. “This spectrum has been out there since the 1990s.
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Limits on cell towers at Anne Arundel schools toppled by council

EST, November 18, 2013 The Anne Arundel County Council decided Monday night not to restrict the construction of cell phone towers at public schools. Council members had considered a bill that originally would have banned the towers, and later was changed to include restrictions on where they could be placed on school property. They killed the bill at Monday night’s meeting, with just two councilmen voting in favor of the bill and five voting against. Related Flights resume at BWI after lightning strike shutdown School officials in Anne Arundel have a contract with a private company that will build towers on school properties, sharing the profits from leasing tower space for attenas with the school system. School officials have estimated they could make $5 million through 2021 from cell towers, which can hold up to five antennas each. The first cell tower on school property is under construction at Broadneck High School on the Broadneck Peninsula. A second tower has been proposed for Piney Orchard Elementary School in Odenton. Piney Orchard parents and homeowners have spoken out against building the towers at schools and in residential areas. The two votes to support the bill came from the bill’s sponsor, Councilman Jamie Benoit, a Crownsville Democrat, and Councilman Chris Trumbauer, an Annapolis Democrat. Voting against the bill were Councilman Daryl Jones, a Severn Democrat; Councilman John Grasso, a Glen Burnie Republican; Councilman Derek Fink, a Pasadena Republican; Councilman Richard Ladd, R-Broadneck; and Council Chairman Jerry Walker, R-Gambrills. The council also unanimously approved a lease for New Cingular Wireless to build a cell tower at the Cape St.
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Arundel council won’t restrict cell towers at schools

Cell towers at schools ignite debate in Arundel

Email , Facebook , Twitter The Hood River County Planning Commission didnt take long to deliberate Wednesday night on whether a proposed cell tower would stand or fall. A brief, 25-minute meeting was all it took for the commissioners to render a 6-1 decision against an appeal from American Tower Corporation to build the 140-foot cell tower disguised as a fir tree on the west side of Hood River. ATCs application originally called for a 165-foot tower to be built not far from the Westside Community Trail on a section of private land located between Fairview Drive and Rocky Road near the edge of Hood Rivers urban growth boundary. Hood River County Planning Director Mike Benedict denied the application back in July based on the towers height being visually incompatible with the surrounding area and ATC subsequently shaved 25 feet off the towers height in its appeal. A majority of the planning commission, however, felt the reduction in height did little to ameliorate the towers visual impact. Commissioner Kathie Alley agreed with Benedicts decision to deny the application based on visual impacts and added that public outcry against the proposal heavily weighed on her decision to oppose the cell tower. I think that when we were at our last meeting, there were many people who got up and one lady got up and said, I really want to know that you listen to us, Alley said, and Im thinking, in my mind, that Im listening to what people want to do. Commissioner Peter Frothingham agreed and added that see page the support structures themselves are incompatible with the area, referring to the razor wire fencing and an equipment shed that were also proposed for the cell tower site. Commissioner John Brennan touched on the dichotomy of cell service and unobstructed views in his portion of the deliberations, noting it would be difficult to reconcile the two competing interests. Everyone wants great cell phone coverage, but nobody wants a tower in their backyard, he said. Just like we all want alternative energy, but we dont want any wind turbines in the Gorge, so its a quandary. Brennan, however, also sided against the tower, stating that ATC failed to prove any gap in coverage; only a potential loss in connectivity at some unknown future date. Commissioner Erick von Lubken echoed commissioners earlier sentiments regarding compatibility issues and argued that ATC failed to provide adequate site alternatives for the tower, calling the corporations decision to place the tower at the end of Rocky Road, an easy out. Commissioner Jennifer Euwer thought the idea of visual compatibility to be nebulous, but said testimony from local realtors regarding the towers potential negative effect on property values made an impression on her and puts something objective on something subjective. Commission Chair Bob Schuppe stated he too was against the tower, believing the federal Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act of 1986 superseded the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996. Hood River County has been designated by Congress to administer the National Scenic Act and thats what we are doing, he explained.
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He stressed, however, that federal health standards outlined in Safety Code 6 must be met before a cell tower site is approved. He noted that the safety code standards are constantly revisited as new information about radiofrequency fields from wireless communications devices becomes available. Only three members of the public were present for the meeting, including a Bell representative and the Hants Journals reporter. David Morris, a Windsor resident concerned about the potential impacts of installing a cell tower in the downtown core, was the first to address town officials following Butlers presentation. Are you being paid for this? he asked. CAO Louis Coutinho confirmed that the town will receive remuneration from Bell. Thats very interesting in the sense that it tells me the win-win situation is talking about money, Morris responded. Morris noted that European standards regulating the telecommunications industry are stricter than Safety Code 6, and he feels theres a good reason for that. He urged council to think about the potential health implications before coming to a decision.
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New cell tower for downtown core supported by Windsor council

Limits on cell towers at Anne Arundel schools toppled by council By JAKE LINGER jlinger@capgaznews.com CapitalGazette.com Monday brought an end to the fight for a measure that would have virtually banned cellphone towers on Anne Arundel County school property. The County Council voted 5-2 to kill a measure that would have forbidden free-standing telecommunications towers closer than 300 feet from a school structure and 200 feet from residential property lines. Subscription Required An online service is needed to view this article in its entirety. You need an online service to view this article in its entirety. Have an online subscription? Remember me on this computer Screen Name or Email Or, use your linked account: facebook You must login to view the full content on this page. Screen Name or Email Remember me on this computer Screen Name or Email Or, use your linked account: facebook Need an account? Create one now. kAm$49@@= @77:4:2=D D2:5 E92E 2D E96C6VD 2=C625J 2 a__\7@@E 3F776C 36EH66? E@H6CD 2?5 AC@A6CEJ =:?6D[ E96 3:== H@F=5 92G6 67764E:G6=J 2?J 2D c_ E@H6CD @G6C E96 ?6IE D6G6C2= J62CD] %96 CF=6D 5@ ?@E D6E 2 >:?:>F> 5:DE2?46 7C@> D49@@= 3F:=5:?8D]k^Am kAmr@F?EJ D49@@=D DA@2? q@3 |@D:6C D2:5 E96 3:== H@F=5 92G6 C6DEC:4E65 E96 D49@@= DJDE6>D AC@A6CEJ 23:=:EJ E@ 86?6C2E6 7F?5D]k^Am kAm|:=6DE@?6 r@>>F?:42E:@?D 92D D:8?65 2 =62D6 H:E9 E96 4@F?EJ q@2C5 @7 t5F42E:@?
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Cell Towers And Health Risks

Willow cell tower collapses as Mat-Su drafts new rules [Anchorage Daily News]

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So when the board pulled the plug on the plan this week, we think it was a reasonable and responsive visit their website decision. Under the proposed five-year contract, Verizon would have paid the school district $25,800 in the first year with 3 percent annual increases after that. Not an insignificant sum. But listening to the concerns and worries expressed by parents carries its own value for the district. We cant find much solid scientific consensus on the notion that cellphone towers pose a health risk. But in a city heavily dotted with towers, serving a population filled with phone users, if health risks exist, the denial of one tower probably wont make much difference. What this episode does show is that the school district needs to create a fact-based set of policy guidelines for similar decisions in the future. Cell towers are already present at Wilson and Roosevelt schools, as well as Kingston Stadium, with contracts of varying lengths that bring in about $75,000 So its likely that those contracts and other offers eventually will come before the board. Specific circumstances may drive those decisions, but we think the board should try to forge policy that includes a districtwide stance on safety concerns and other issues likely to come up in every instance. That may not keep the board from getting static in the future, but parents and taxpayers will appreciate a clearer, more consistent message from the district. l Comments: editorial@thegazette.com or (319) 398-8262
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15–A huge wind gust blew over a nearly 200-foot-tall telecommunications tower near Willow in late October. The rare tower toppling — one of the first ever reported in the Valley — happened as the Mat-Su Borough gets ready to revisit the contentious issue of regulating the construction of tall towers, including those that provide cell phone service to a growing population. The borough removed all regulations for tall towers two years ago and, amid public criticism, last year reinstated an old ordinance as a placeholder. Mat-Su Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss in October 2012 created the five-member Tall Towers Advisory Committee to help write permanent new regulations. The committee is finished with the job, except for one hotly debated question expected to be decided at a late November meeting: Should tall towers come with setbacks to protect nearby residents? Absolutely, says committee member Rick Brenden. Especially given what happened in Willow. “It reinforces my point. Towers do fall long and flat and they shouldn’t be placed near homes,” Brenden said Thursday, the day after he visited the tower site with Mat-Su Assembly member Jim Sykes. “My point is, if you put up a tower on your property, keep it on your property.
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Planning board approves cell towers over neighbor opposition

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Cell Tower Request For Ridgebury Has Arrived

Moving away from DoT’s cell tower norms will hit users: Private cellular operators to Maharashtra govt

The green area is approximate location of open space recently purchased by the town. Citing significant gaps in cellular coverage in the northwest part of town, Homeland Towers, a Danbury-based firm partnering with AT&T, officially submitted its five-part application for a cell tower that will overlook Ledges Road Monday, Nov. 4. AT&Ts statistics show that signal levels that are reliable for use in homes, vehicles and generally around town only currently serve about 16% of the towns land mass and 18% of the population, said Chris Fisher of Cuddy and Feder LLP, the applicants attorney, in a letter to the town. These gaps in reliable wireless coverage are notable for a community like Ridgefield with a large population. These service deficiencies are particularly evident in the northwestern part of the community which supports three elementary schools, a middle school and the towns high school, numerous places of public assembly like Tiger Hollow and major commuting corridors such as State Route 116. He estimated that the tower site will bring wireless service to more than 5,000 residents in the area. Town officials will hold a private meeting today to discuss the full technical report before scheduling a public information meeting. There will be a meeting in Ridgefield, confirmed First Selectman Rudy Marconi yesterday morning. I am meeting with the town attorney, Dave Grogins, the town planner, Betty Brosius, and Ben Oko of the Conservation Commission to discuss the application before it goes in front of the public. Under state statutes, the town has the option of conducting a public information session on any proposed cellular tower facility within the first 60 days of the 90-day period afforded to prospective applicants seeking consultation from the Connecticut Siting Council. The meeting will need to occur before Jan. 1, according to Mr.
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Town ready to debate cell tower policy

In August, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) issued cell towers’ guidelines and now the state is planning to finalize its policy. “The Centre’s norms were drafted in consultation with the states, including Maharashtra, and the industry,” said COAI director-general Rajan S Mathews. “Any major deviation from the Centre’s guidelines will lead to severe network failures and massive service disruptions,” he added. According to the Centre’s norms, there is no restriction on installation of towers on schools or hospitals. “We urge the state to have a policy that allows putting in place cell towers on schools and hospitals and other buildings in order to provide better mobile connectivity,” Mathews added. Activist Prakash Munshi said the radiation levels in Mumbai are very high and cause serious health hazards. Cellular operators have demanded that the state government, which will soon finalise a new policy on cell towers, should not deviate from the Central (DoT) guidelines issued in August this year. Else, this could lead to serious problems of “network coverage” for cellphone users, specially in Mumbai. Cellular Operators Association of India director-general Rajan S Mathews said that central norms were drafted (by DoT) in consultation with the states including Maharashtra and the industry. “These guidelines on installation of towers and emission norms are one of the safest in the world.
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Currently, the height of the tower is limited by the height of structures in the zoning districts http://towerleases.com/cell-tower-leases-get-informed/ where towers are allowed to be built. This height is governed by the Comprehensive Plan as referenced in the land uses in each zoning district. The policy under consideration removes the height limitations of cell towers from the Towns Comprehensive Plan and places the regulations in the land development regulations. Land development regulations are changeable through two votes of a sitting Commission and allow towers to be considered through a site plan review process. The idea of putting the height controls in land development regulations and making cell towers exempt from the height regulations of the Comp plan led to the requirement to adopt height recommendations and a maximum height. As the ordinance reads, the maximum height an applicant can seek is 100-110-feet, but the Planning and Zoning Board suggested an amendment where an applicant can seek a waiver for additional height. The new ordinance also posits a hierarchal approach to approval where an applicant would have to show that other preferred technologies that are less intrusive are not feasible or would cause a hardship. Hardship has not been defined in this instance and does not bear the weight of a hardship where economic consideration cannot be construed as one as in a variance request. The new ordinance changes the allowed uses at the Police Fire site and makes a cell tower an allowed use with the caveat that a camouflaged tower is the only kind that would be permitted. The current rules that will be replaced if the ordinance is adopted have been in place for the past several years and allow towers only in Institutionally-zoned properties and require a collapse zone of 200 feet or twice the height of the tower, whichever is greater.
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Cell Tower Request For Ridgebury Has Arrived

Cell phone tower will bring in $12K in revenue for Evesham schools

We have no jurisdiction though, so all we will be able to do is comment on it. The referral went in front of both boards last night, but Ms. Brosius said she planned only on letting the commissioners know she had received it and that they would be asked to discuss it Tuesday, Nov. 12. We will accept it but it wont go much farther than that, she said. The project was also referred to the Conservation Commission so that the applicant can learn about the trails and active or passive recreation uses on the adjacent parcel now owned by the Town and managed as opened space that may be planned. Access to the proposed site is dependent on an easement through town-owned conservation land, as established under the approved resubdivision map, according to Ms. Brosius. When it finally arrives in front of the states siting council, the proposal will have to meet the states requirements of balancing the need for a tower with any significant adverse environmental effects. In the application to the town, Mr. Fisher submitted the projects technical report that concluded that the environmental effects involved localized visibility of the tower structure from residences, public properties and Seth Low Pierrepont State Park. He also stated that on-site management of storm water and erosion controls are required during and after construction because of the terrain of the lot.
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It wont be close to the school and wont do harm to the children, Student said. According to Nettleton, Verizon is looking to expand its 4G network in that part of town, and they estimate that it will assist Verizon customers online with their service. There is no cost to build the tower, Nettleton said. Verizon Wireless will build the tower on district property and rent the space from the district at approximately $1,000 per month. The tower has flexibility as well. This tower has been designed to accept other vendors, Nettleton said. They would require a separate leasing agreement with the district. Currently, the district is facing budgetary shortfalls, which has brought about conversations to close Evans Elementary School, in addition to other budgetary solutions, including selling district-owned property. Superintendent John Scavelli said at the most recent board of education meeting that the district will begin next years budget with a $2 million obligation for salary and benefits. According to Scavelli, approximately $1 million of that can be raised through taxes with the cap. We have a fundamental problem every year, which has been true last year, next year and the following year, Scavelli said at the meeting. The tax levy cap is here and unless that law is changed, we have to deal with it every single year. This is our particular problem on the scope were talking about. The cell phone tower is part of the districts answer to finding alternative avenues to raise money. The tower will be located within the bus lot due to fewer buses on the lot, according to Student.
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Cell Tower Companies: The Best Way To Invest In The Mobile Data Boom

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The third publicly-traded tower company, SBA Communications (NASDAQ: SBAC ), owns about 15,000 towers in the US and 2,500 in international markets. October was an especially active month for the tower companies on the external growth front. On October 1, AMT acquired 5,900 towers from Global Tower Partners for $4.8 billion. On October 21, CCI announced the purchase of approximately 9,700 towers from AT&T, one of last remaining significant tower portfolios in the United States. Remaining concentrations include 12,000 towers owned by Verizon and 5,000 towers owned by US Cellular. Equity has come at an especially low cost for each of the tower companies as they generate substantial free cash flow which can be used for land acquisitions under existing towers, development of new towers, dividends, and stock repurchases. As of September 30, 2013, AMT owns the land (typically range of 2,000-10,000 sqft) under 29% of its US towers (12% total portfolio), while CCI generates about one-third of its gross margin from towers on owned land. Land acquisition is increasingly a high priority of both companies. For example, CCI has 100 employees devoted to nothing but negotiating with land owners. CCI estimates that one-third of land owners opt to sell when the lease expires and the other two-thirds extend the lease.
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Cell towers: Ready money, or indispensable cash cow?

The deal is a work in progress, with contracts still being drawn up. When a contract is settled the City Council will vote on it at a single session. Fredrick and Severson agree the communications towers bring in about $200,000 a year for the city. After that, their views diverge. Fredrick points out that $200,000 a year, multiplied by 40 years, equals $8 million of revenue for the city. The proposed 40-year lease to Unison, a New York-based company that manages cell towers across the country, would bring a $2.65 million lump sum payment to the city before the end of November. In addition, the city would get half of all revenues from new sales over the 40 years and would avoid the danger that improvements in cell technology in coming decades might render the towers obsolete. But Fredrick, who has criticized the deal many times before the City Council, doesnt like the numbers. He said the $2.65 million payment is $5.35 million short of the $8 million the city could expect to collect over the next 40 years if it kept the towers, and the city could collect 100 percent of new revenues instead of the 50 percent offered by Unison.
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Rants from the Hill: Towering Cell Phone Trees

He said contrary to what AT&T and Mckeon say, the tower can be seen from many different points of the town. Andersen is against the tower and said he doesnt think cell service is a necessity comparable to the preservation of the historic town. We have terrible service here in Colebrook but that in a sense is not the biggest problem, he said. We are in a historic village. Its impinging on it. Bachman said the council is taking all of the opinions and statements into consideration during its process. She said she cannot disclose the entire process or project, but the council has asked AT&T to supply it with supplemental exhibits. AT&T will present the additional exhibits during the siting councils next public hearing on Nov. 7 at 1 p.m. During that time the council will hear more comment from town residents as well as the cell company. The council will decide whether to accept the companys offer or not. Because the council has ultimate jurisdiction, it can suggest the town be place in a different location.
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Decision on Colebrook cell tower proposal still up in the air

Mercy Quaye

A cell phone tower disguised as a tree. This question of what cell towers look like is more significant than you might think, simply by virtue of scale. There are almost 7 billion mobile phones in the world, 328 million of which are in the U.S., which means that we have more cell phones than people in America, even if you count the infants which is probably wise, since babies will be using cell phones soon enough. This level of saturation necessitates a lot of towers: about 200,000 in this country alone, which adds up to a lot of ugly crap on hills and ridgelines. Because the range of a cell tower isnt much above 20 miles even this website when those hills and ridges arent in the way and because the number of towers is proportional to the number of users we need to build more towers every day, and they are most effective when installed in places that are visually prominent. It makes sense, then, that we entrepreneurial Americans would find a way to make a virtue of necessity and sell not only cell towers but also ways of disguising them. The tower-as-tree innovation was the work of Tucson-based Larson Camouflage, which pioneered the mono-pine back in 1992 and proudly describes itself as the leader in the concealment industry. Larson has figured out how to turn cell towers into a wide range of cultural and architectural objects, including water towers, grain silos, gas station signs, streetlights, flagpoles and chimneys. My favorite of these obfuscations is the disguising of a cell tower as a church steeple an appealing business proposition, since many local building codes permit churches an exception to maximum structure heights. It is even the case that some churches without steeples are now building them solely to accommodate cell towers. This can generate a handsome income in leasing fees, which average $45,000 per year but in some places run as high as a half million dollars.
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