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cell tower

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Petition to Neil S. Pade

Say NO to Avon communication tower

The Town of Avon has submitted a zoning exception to erect a 150+ foot communication tower near the water tower on Kingswood Drive.  It's negative impact would influence Canton neighborhoods just steps away. This petition STRONGLY opposes the installation of this tower or any other towers on or near Canton property for the following reasons:   1. HEALTH RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH EXPOSURE TO WIRELESS EMISSIONS While the FCC claims that wireless facilities are safe, the U.S. Department of the Interior states that “the electromagnetic radiation standards used by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continue to be based on thermal heating, a criterion now nearly 30 years out of date and inapplicable today.” Other countries now limit public exposure to levels far lower than the standards currently set by the FCC. Studies have shown that even at low levels of radiation, there is evidence of biological damage, brain tumors, cancer, weakened immune function, childhood leukemia, reduced sperm count and ovarian follicles.  Also included in studies are:   • SPONTANEOUS ABORTION • Genetic Mutations• Memory disruptions• Hindered learning• ADD• Insomnia• Brain disorders• Hormonal imbalances• Infertility• Dementia• Heart complications   In May 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified the type of radiation that cell towers emit as a Class 2B carcinogen, meaning “possibly carcinogenic to humans”, the same category as lead and DDT. The American Association of Pediatrics raises concerns that children may be more vulnerable than adults “because of the potentially greater susceptibility of their developing nervous systems; in addition, their brain tissue is more conductive, radio frequency radiation penetration is greater relative to head size, and they will have a longer lifetime of exposure than adults.”   2. ADDITIONAL NEGATIVE IMPACT ON SAFETY There are non-radiation safety hazards posed by wireless installations near residential neighborhoods, which current City regulations do not address. These include pole overloading and resulting fire and electrocution hazards when poles topple due to environmental conditions; and explosive and toxic chemical hazards from backup batteries.   3. NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE RESIDENTS The close proximity to homes in neighborhoods, specifically Canton, would be an intrusion into the privacy of the residents. Workers performing routine maintenance would have direct views into homes. Required access for maintenance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year would mean that maintenance (often done at night) brings work crews, trucks with lifts, radios, lights and noise that will affect many neighbors.   4. NEGATIVE IMPACT ON PROPERTY VALUES The health hazards and unsightliness of these installations will have a negative impact on property values. The perceived threat alone would lower property values. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidelines categorize cell towers with "hazards and nuisances," and HUD requires its certified appraisers to take the presence of nearby cell towers into consideration when determining the value of single-family residential properties.  STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT PROXIMITY TO A TOWER CAN LOWER PROPERTY VALUES BY 20%!   5. NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY Allowing this communication tower will set a precedent allowing for co-location and additional towers in our neighborhood community and neighboring communities. If Avon can blanket the neighborhood with communication towers, what is to stop other towns or companies from doing the same? And once a site is established, our ability to protect ourselves from additional hazardous exposure of more installations becomes more of a challenge.  Are residential streets shaded by canopies of communication towers what we want for our neighborhoods?

Anthony DePalma
474 supporters
This petition won 11 months ago

Petition to Michael Shelton

Stop Verizon's proposed cell tower at Antczak Park!

Verizon Wireless is proposing the installation of a "communication facility" in the middle of Antczak park. The installation will replace an existing light tower on the west side of the tennis courts, adding 33 feet to its current height. To protect the new tower, a new fence will be erected around the tower's 112 square foot platform. At the southwest corner of the tennis court, on the south side, an additional 625 square foot area (25 × 25) will be enclosed by a brick wall 8½ feet high.  Inside, a backup generator will be installed. It is yet unknown how the cluster of trees immediately south of the tennis courts will be impacted by the generator platform installation.  Children frequently enjoy playing within the cavern formed by those trees. It is yet unknown how much of the park, including both the tennis courts and surrounding grass areas, will be closed, and for how long, during the installation process, but it will certainly impact park usage. Ridgecrest Elementary is adjacent to Antczak park, and students frequently use the park after school.  Although scientific evidence has not demonstrated that cell tower radiation is harmful to growing children, many citizens are still concerned about the proliferation of cell towers near elementary schools. Antczak park is a treasure to the residents of the surrounding neighborhoods, as well as to the many community members from throughout the city who use it for both casual recreation and organized activities. We oppose the installation of any cell tower at Antczak park. We oppose any commercial use of Antczak park that permanently reduces the amount of usable park space, or which reduces its utility as a recreational facility. Please sign this petition to send Cottonwood Heights a clear message that it should not consider a partnership with Verizon Wireless that will adversely affect the beauty and utility of Antczak Park. Also, please attend the neighborhood meeting on April 10, 2017, 6:00 p.m., at Whitmore Library, and express your concerns. Michael Shelton is the Cottonwood Heights city councilman for District 1, which includes the park.  This petition is directed to him.

Charlton Rose
111 supporters