SAY NO TO CELL TOWER!
The DEKALB COUNTY COMMISSONERS OFFICE is in the PROCESS of ISSUING PERMITS for CONSTRUCTION, WE MUST STOP THEM NOW!
We have confirmation that the permits are in the Commissioner’s office waiting approval. This is our best chance at stopping the construction.
WHAT IS PLANNED:
T-Mobile is planning a 150 foot/15 story cell tower in our neighborhood on the grounds of the Margaret Harris Comprehensive School.
FACT: Dekalb County Board of Education (BOE) chose Money Over YOUR Children’s Health and Safety!
FACT: Deutsche Telekom, German parent company of T-mobile, has policy against installing towers near dairy cows in its home country recognizing the detrimental effects on cows. They don’t want the local milk or meat affected. Installation of cell towers near German children is unthinkable."
FACT: School Board Members were aware of this issue as far back as October, 2010. In addition, school Board Members have admitted to not giving communities’ adequate notice.1
FACT: July 11, 2011 Dekalb BOE approved a deal with T-Mobile to erect cell phone transmitter towers at 9 Dekalb public schools.1
FACT: There are 157 Cell Towers in a 4‐mile radius of MHCS thus this tower is not needed.
FACT: Cell Towers have new rules once they are constructed which makes it easier
Source: "Get Up To Speed" on www.getthecelloutatl.org
FACT: This tower will reduce your property values, betwen 20 to 38%.
On July 11, 2011, the DeKalb School Board voted 7-2 to erect towers at Briarlake, Flat Rock, Princeton, Narvie J. Harris, Smoke Rise and Jolly elementary schools; Martin Luther King Jr. and Lakeside high schools; and Margaret Harris Comprehensive School. Brockett, Medlock and Meadowview elementary schools were initially included in the proposal, but after petitions and complaints from parents and citizens, the School Board voted to remove these three contested schools from the proposal. According to reports on the deal, those schools that will receive towers are going to get a one-time payment of $25,000, followed by a nominal monthly fee (reportedly only $ 400 a month). Over the contract's 30-year life, T-Mobile will pay the school district around $2.3 million in rent. Construction is already underway in some locations – for example, at Lakeside High School.
Source: Margaret Harris Comprehensive Specific Article: http://www.getthecelloutatl.com/2011/11/margaret-harris-comprehensive-school.html
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE:
1. Health Concerns for All: both local residents and the numerous students.
o People within a 2 mile radius of cell towers are in the fallout zone have the greatest risk.
o Cell towers pose many, many risks - not just radiation and cancer risks - but things like HAZMAT fires at the bottom, damage or injury from falling debris and ice, 24/7 access to your neighborhood by unknown contractors, lights, noise, copper thieves, damage to roads from utility vehicles, access roads that can become hideout locations for criminals to park.
o Then there is the growing evidence of damage to cells and tissues that can lead to cancer.
§ 10 out of 14 peer reviewed studies show health effects from wireless base stations (as of end of 2007).
o Research on mobile tower base stations and their impact on health.
o The World Health Organization (WHO) named RF Radiation from cell phones /towers as class 2B, possible human carcinogen.
2. RF Radiation:
What RF really is, NON0IONIZED RADIATION, even low levels of RF damage cell tissue & DNA. (i.e. Eyes, testes, fertility, rapid aging, cancer, tumors & leukemia).4
What is RF?
Electromagnetic radiation consists of waves of electric and magnetic energy moving together (radiating) through space. Radio waves and microwaves released by transmitting antennas are one form of electromagnetic energy. They are called “radiofrequency” or “RF” energy or radiation. Often the term “electromagnetic field” or “radiofrequency field” is used to indicate the presence of electromagnetic or RF energy.
RF RADIATION SHOULD NOT BE CONFUSED WITH IONIZING RADIATION, such as x-rays or gamma rays. RF fields have lower energy and therefore cannot cause ionization (potentially resulting in chemical changes) in the body. RF fields are non-ionizing radiation.
What is non-ionizing radiation?
Non ionizing radiation has lower energy and longer wavelength than ionizing radiation. It is not strong enough to change the structure of atoms it contacts but may be strong enough to heat tissue. Examples include radio waves, microwaves, visible light, and infrared.
(Source, see: http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/radiation/factsheets/cellphone_facts.pdf)The FDA also helped the FCC establish its current RF exposure guidelines. On its website discussion of cell phone health issues, the FDA explains that:
RF energy is a type of non-ionizing radiation. Other types of non-ionizing radiation include visible light, infrared radiation (heat) and other forms of electromagnetic radiation with relatively low frequencies.
While RF energy doesn’t ionize particles, large amounts can increase body temperatures and cause tissue damage. Two areas of the body, the eyes and the testes, are particularly vulnerable to RF heating because there is relatively little blood flow in them to carry away excess heat.
(Source, see: http://www.fda.gov/Radiation-EmittingProducts/RadiationEmittingProductsandProcedures/HomeBusinessandEntertainment/CellPhones/ucm116282.htm)
2010 Study finds current ICNIRP RF safety standards in Europe (similar to FCC's) may be non compliant with existing safety standards, in respect to cell tower exposure, by G Verneeren (2010), The influence of the reflective environment on the absorption of a human male exposed to representative base station antennas from 300 MHz to 5 GHz.
1. Safety of Children:
· The disabled & elderly are at the greatest risk.4
· Margaret Harris Comprehensive School for the severely DISABLED, & 500+ Students at Immaculate Heart of Mary school as well as 2 other private schools in the area.
2. Reduction In Property Values, up to 20-38%.
The view of a 15-Story Tower on Knob Hill Drive ne and Belle Isle Circle on MHCS property.
Source: Burbank Action: Real Estate Values Decrease: https://sites.google.com/site/nocelltowerinourneighborhood/home/decreased‐real‐estate‐value
3. Cell Tower Collapse & Guy Wires onto Nearby Properties
· NO lateral support.
· Multiple components that can lead to structural failure & collapse.
· Which homes are at risk if a collapse were to occur? Knob Hill
4. Lack Of Transparency:
· Lack of due process regarding the private use of public lands.
· Complete lack of discussion with affected communities.1
THE LACK OF NOTICE:
The School Board’s attempts at notification for the parents and local citizens consisted of a simple flier to discuss generally “the proposal to install cell phone towers in various areas of DeKalb County to improve the communication service in DeKalb.” This flyer does not include text indicating that cell towers would be erected at Margaret Harris or any other school. In an August 31 meeting with Briarlake Elementary parents, School Board Member Paul Womack agreed that this information was not conveyed in the flyer. This flyer was not distributed to the community at large, despite the fact that the title of the flier is “Cell Phone Tower Proposal Community Meetings.” No zoning or public sign notices were issued in the involved communities. When asked about the failure to notify the community, Mr. Womack replied that the school board held a seminar (presumably that noted in the flier, and given by T-Mobile): “We held a seminar here. We advertised it for a month. Put it on the website. The community was told, but everybody said, ‘oh it was the end of school, we didn’t have time’. We had about ten people that showed up for that presentation from T-Mobile. And I only heard one question during that presentation that was anywhere in voicing a concern.” On 25 October 2011, School Board Member Jesse “Jay” Womack admitted that the community surrounding MLK High School did not get adequate notice and agreed to take their concerns back to the other board members.
GET INVOLVED. YOUR ACTION IS NECESSARY:
Just listen to School Board Member Paul Womack about why Medlock was NOT APPROVED by the School Board as a location for a tower: “…. the community over at Medlock voiced major concern and we took it off of the contract. Further, Womack stated: “We’ve tried to follow what communities wanted and very frankly, I’ve only had 4 or 5 questions out of this community as to whether it was safe, why did you do it. If the community does not speak up, I can only support or not support what I’m hearing.”
WHAT YOU MUST DO TO STOP THE TOWER CONSTRUCTION:
1. CALL EACH STATE & LOCAL OFFICIAL AT LEAST 3 TIMES PER WEEK!!!!!
During the permitting faze IF YOU DO NOT CALL and leave a message with State and Local Representative/BOE/Commissioner/Assembly offices, T‐Mobile WILL get the permit! (See below for Scripts & phone numbers).
o URGENT CALL LIST:
State Board of Education DeKalb District Commissioner
Daniel Israel (4th Congressional District) Jeff Rader(District 2)
Phone: 404-657-7410 Phone‐404‐371‐2863
General Assembly DeKalb County Board of Education
Governor Nathan Deal Dr. Eugene P. Walker (District 9)
Phone: 404‐656‐1776 Phone:: 404-593-5095
State Rep Mike Jacobs Don McChesney (District 2)
Phone: 404‐656‐0152 Phone: 404‐664‐2458
State Senator Jason Carter
Hello (insert name of elected official). My name is _______ and my phone number is _________. I am a concerned citizen of DeKalb County. I am calling to voice my strong opposition to the placement of a cell phone tower on the campus of the Margaret Harris Comprehensive School for disabled and special needs children. I am upset about the lack of public notice or discussion in the DeKalb County School Board's deal with T-Mobile, which will place a towers on the grounds of DeKalb County public school properties.
I strongly encourage you as an elected official to consider that your constituents are strongly opposed to any action involving the interest of private companies like T-Mobile over the rights of your constituents.(Citizen Name)
2. JOIN OUR FACEBOOK PAGE: Briarcliff Heights Community Action Group (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Briarcliff-Heights-Community-Action-Group/278307285544800)
· Join our Mailing List for Updates. Email Coordinator: Lauren Fernandez firstname.lastname@example.org
3. BE AVAILABLE FOR OUR PROTEST TO GAIN MEDIA ATTENTION.
· In the next 2-weeks, we will be planning a protest in from of MHCS for the disabled (on the weekend).
· In order to get media coverage: WE NEED 100 PEOPLE AT THIS PROTEST. If we don’t have the numbers the media will not cover the story. Bring everyone & anyone you know!
4. SIGN OUR PETITION:
5. HOW YOU CAN HELP NOW: Become a member and volunteer your time to the action group the BRIARCLIFF HEIGHTS COMMUNITY ACTION GROUP!
· We need petitioners, people for the protest, legal help, people to make calls, talk to your neighbors, & help passing out fliers.
6. Come TO OUR NEXT MEETING (See Facebook Page). Bring a neighbor!
Find us on Facebook, join our group, attend our meetings and get involved in a number of activities we are coordinating.
7. Put up a sign in your yard. Email: Lauren Fernandez email@example.com
THE APPROVED TOWER LOCATION & DETAILS:
On December 5, 2011, our community along with Briarlake and other schools slated for a cell tower came out in force to protest the installations. We were 100 strong, at the Dekalb County Board of Education Meeting in opposition and occupied most of the speaker slots that night. You chose to ignore our opposition and plight that we were not informed as a community of your plans and sign the actual contract on December 1, 2011, which was counter signed by T-mobile on December 8, 2011. Again, we say, NO CELL TOWER IN BRIARCLIFF HEIGHTS! This battle is not over. We urged you to listen to your constituents and to be fair YOU FAILED THE STUDENTS AND DEKALB RESIDENTS. Sincerely,