Rye NH residential district threatened by variance request from Verizon
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Verizon in collaboration with a private property owner is seeking to erect a 125 foot tower (approximately 30 feet above existing tree line) within a designated residential, and outside of the designated Wireless Overlay District on 120 Brackett rd Rye, NH 03870.
This was made aware to the 8 abutting properties on December 19th 2017, with a final say January 3rd, 2018. This tower will include, [subject to increase per additional company that may be "co-located" to use this tower] 20KW Generator, 12 atennae, 500 LB propane tank, Heating + Cooling equpment on a 30x30 concrete slab with 8 foot stockade fencing.
We bought or built our homes in a district designated by the Town of Rye as single residential and believed that it would remain so. The 8 abutting properties are between Odiorne Point State Park and Wallis Sands State Beach. Insertion of a commercial venture by Verizon dramatically alters that designation and violates the trust we believed protected us from a fundamental change in the characterization of our district. This variance would be inherently injurious to this neighborhood. The presence of a 125 foot tower and accompanied equipment would benefit Verizon and the resident collaborating with this company at the expense of all of the other home owners in the area. The World Health Organization lists cell technology as a Class 2B carcinogen.
Furthermore, there is considerable evidence to show that the presence of a cell tower in a residential community will decrease the value of the property in that area. Work on this subject was done by Dr. Sandy Bond, who concluded that “media attention to the potential health hazards has spread concerns among the public, resulting in increased resistance” to sites near those towers. Percentage decreases range up to 20 percent.
Two other Cell towers exist in Rye NH, both with direct benefits to our community. In 2005, Article 15 was adopted which read:
Shall we adopt the provisions of RSA 31:95-c to restrict one hundred percent (100%) (approximately $18,000 this year) of revenues from National Grid Communications, Inc. (GridCom), owner of the cell tower (on Johnson Lane, off Grove Road ) to expenditures for the purpose of purchasing a new Town Ambulance when needed. Such revenue and expenditures shall be accounted for in a special revenue fund to be known as the New Ambulance Vehicle Fund, separate from the general fund...
By signing this petition, you support our plea for a rejection of this variance and preservation of our natural environment of woods, marshes, creeks and the ocean. We propose if a tower exists, it be located on Town property with a direct benefit to its residents.
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