Willow cell tower collapses as Mat-Su drafts new rules [Anchorage Daily News]
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: email@example.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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