Stop residential cell towers on the Coastside

Letter

Posted by on Sun, September 5, 2010

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We’ve lived in El Granada 26 years. It was through a friend of a neighbor’s that we learned AT&T and Coast County Water District (CCWD) are planning to build a 65 foot cell tower in the middle of an El Granada residential neighborhood (R-1 zone) that is approximately within ½ mile of the Post Office, El Granada Elementary School, Wilkinson School, Picasso Preschool and many of our homes and businesses.

Cell radiation has been cited to cover a range of 2.3 miles.  How will the parents of the children taking them to elementary school or day care feel about having their children in that range? 

One of our neighbors will be 30 feet away from it. Others will be affected. The tower will be visible from almost every room of our house. Another neighbor’s deck views it, 24/7/ 365. There are many other homes that will be able to view the tower.  What will that do to the value of their property? 

Implying these towers “look like trees” is ludicrous.  They are 3 feet to 5 feet diameter poles, 65 plus feet tall with antennae protruding, looking like dead twigs.  That’s just appearance.

How is it the Coastside County Water District clearly posted just a few months ago that the trees on that lot were being either removed or trimmed, and yet the notice of this cell tower gets buried in the HMB Review notices?  We plan on joining many of our neighbors at the Coastside County Water District’s next board meeting on September 14 to see if the water company will reconsider its decision to allow AT&T to build a new cell tower in residential El Granada.  We are not against cell towers, but they do not belong in the middle of a residential neighborhood.

Many in the neighborhood have joined a group called EGNAG (El Granada Neighborhood Action Group).  For more information, and to sign our petition to stop this cell tower, please go to our web site at: http://stopthecelltower.org

Robert D. Kline
El Granada


“...How is it the Coastside County Water District clearly posted just a few months ago that the trees on that lot were being either removed or trimmed, and yet the notice of this cell tower gets buried in the HMB Review notices?...”

This is how the elected CCWD directors (Larimer, Mickelsen, Coverdell, etc) typically do business. CCWD is another example where term limits are needed to kick out entrenched Old Guard politicians who cater to development interests rather than doing what is best for Coastside residents.

Comment 2
Wed, September 8, 2010 11:37am
Bonnie Miller
All my comments

Most of us appreciate improved cell phone reception.  However, cell phone towers are commercial industrial installations inappropriate for residential neighborhoods for many reasons.  Unfortunately, natural rural aesthetics and concerns about health risks are overshadowed by the revenue stream from cell tower leases and lax US federal emission regulations compared to other industrialized 1st tier countries.

Two cell tower proposals for residential Pacifica neighborhoods were recently withdrawn by T-Mobile due neighborhood activism including email distribution lists, phone trees, petitions, walked the neighborhoods, planned newspaper letters to the editors, attended and spoke at several City Council meetings, consulted legal resources, reviewed property records, researched online reporting of similar experiences in other cities/states.

Successful deal breakers: 1) the actual noise from the 24 hour support machinery in the cell tower base station- heating and cooling, electrical- and traffic from maintenance trucks/personnel servicing the towers/base stations is compelling; 2) determine compliance or not with actual easement/property lines and regulations, 3) determine actual sight lines vs. perhaps diminished versions promoted by the cell phone company and property owner.  4) determine actual need for yet another tower- if reception is already good then the company proposing another tower can rent space on an existing tower.  5) Consider that many towers lease space to other cell phone companies so a proposal by one company may lead to several other transmitters installed too.
Best wishes,