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Deny a permit to National Wireless Ventures / AT&T and Greg Sloan to build a 150 ft monopole cell tower at 2555 N. Jensen Lane

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Preserve the natural beauty and property value of Huntington Lakes subdivision and surrounding neighborhoods.

National Wireless Ventures / AT&T and Greg Sloan are requesting from the City of Waukegan a conditional permit to build a 150’ monopole cell tower on Sloan’s property, 2555 N. Jensen Lane.  This cell tower, which will not only be visible to all of the Huntington Lakes homes and beyond, but will be within 250 feet or less of many homes in the neighborhood. 

 

This cell tower will destroy our rural and serene neighborhood that has beautiful lakes and wildlife.  With no other high rises or towers, we worry that this eyesore is just the start for continued cell tower expansion in the area.  Not only will the cell tower not be aesthetically pleasing, but there is also proof that having a cell tower in a residential area decreases property values by up to 30%. 

 

Studies have proven the negative impact on property values to homes near a cell tower.  One such case was here in Lake County.  The Cuba Township assessor reduced property values of 12 homes near the placement of a cell tower and a court found evidence of home values decreasing by up to 30%.  This could have a negative ripple into property tax funding to the City of Waukegan. 

 

Also the “perceived” health risks of living near a cell tower are a real issue regarding the decreased property value and the interest in homebuyers to purchasing one of these properties.  The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is urging the FCC to reconsider its radiation standards et for the in the Telecommunications Act of 1996.  The official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics explains that there are “concerns about the potential vulnerability of children to radio frequency (RF) fields due to the greater susceptibility to their developing nervous systems.”  Further the article states “they recommend further research and development of precautionary policies in the face of scientific uncertainty.”  There has been no evidence in any studies that have shown that children are not affected by these RF emissions.  On the contrary, many other countries have found that there is enough potential risk to prohibit building cell towers on school grounds and residential areas.  Why would we want to expose our children to any potential health risks that have yet to be discovered? 

 

Independence Grove Forest Preserve and properties in Conservation Easement surrounding Huntington Lakes Subdivision offer a safe and natural environment to wildlife, specifically migratory birds.  A memorandum issued by the US Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service states,  “The construction of new towers creates a potentially significant impact on migratory birds, especially some 350 species of night-migrating birds. Communications towers are estimated to kill 4-5 million birds per year, which violates the spirit and the intent of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Code of Federal Regulations at Part 50 designed to implement the MBTA. Some of the species affected are also protected under the Endangered Species Act and Bald and Golden Eagle Act.” Why would we want a cell tower to interfere with quality of life of existing wildlife in our neighborhoods?

 

We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens regarding the construction of a 150’ monopole cell tower so close to our residential properties.  We vehemently oppose a permit to allow construction to move forward and ask the Waukegan Planning & Zoning Commission to deny National Wireless Ventures / AT&T and Greg Sloan this permit.  

Every voice counts!! Please sign this position if you are 18 years or older. Your presence is also crucial to support opposition to this cell tower. Please join us, along with the Waukegan Planning and Zoning Commission,  on Thursday, June 12th at 7 p.m. in the Council of Chambers at Waukegan City Hall. 100 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Waukegan, IL 60085

 



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